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Demand to sort out Maryport's 'Senhouse Street shambles'

A MARYPORT trader has launched a petition to get work done urgently on what he calls the “Senhouse Street shambles”.

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IMPRACTICAL: Steve Wood, of Carlton Market

Steve Wood, of the Carlton Market, said he is dismayed by a Cumbria County Council announcement last month that a traffic order review for Maryport’s main shopping street would not even be considered until next year.

Traders and the town council have been calling for changes since improvement work was carried out nearly 10 years ago.

They say that the position of a bus stop and loading bay at the bottom of the street lead to congestion.

Traffic often backs up in both directions along nearby Curzon Street if both are in use at the same time.

They would also like to see angled parking bays replaced with parallel parking, a dog leg straightened and the bollards removed.

Mr Wood added: “The road is absolutely impractical. The chaos its layout causes is stopping people from wanting to come into Maryport.

“So often customers express their concerns about the ‘strange’ road layout.

“One of the biggest complaints is that cars are reversing on to a main road which is very dangerous.

“Do we have to wait until someone is seriously injured or worse before something is done?

“A petition of 4,000 signatures managed to persuade the county to reverse its decision to pedestrianise the street in 2004. Perhaps we can now bring as much pressure to bear to convince them to look at alterations as urgent.”

Mr Wood said people could sign a petition, at the Carlton Market, calling for the road to be improved urgently.

He urged residents and traders to also write to the county council to give added weight to the campaign.

Maryport Town Council had a meeting with the county’s highways engineer just over a year ago.

But it was told in December that the county council had not given the work priority in its 2013-2014 budget.

Brief details of scheduled traffic works suggested that any work will not be done until 2016/17.

Mr Wood said: “Maryport has the potential to be a very successful town. Many towns would envy the history that it offers, so let’s work together and make it successful.”

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Nice one Marra! :)

Posted by Derek on 17 January 2013 at 15:32

As a Maryport Lad working overseas in the Middle East and only home once / twice a year i love the way Senhouse St is, i can remember when it was dismal !!, i also agree with "Marra", its seems to have been ok for the past 10 years.
One of the biggest problems is the parking in the Town, but thats Worldwide in any Town or City, however most of the People who use the Town would park in the Shops if they could, a 5 minute walk never really harmed anyone and would probably do most of the Townsfolk good ( granted the Weather isnt always fit for walking ha ha )
One of the good things that Maryport has to offer is that it is a quaint little Town and the only hope of bringing Money into the Town is through Tourism, and Tourists like to amble around and look into Shops / Cafes / Bars ( & hopefully spend money in them )any "spare" money that is available should be used on brightening up the Shops / Cafes / Bars & helping the People who run them to make a decent living, this would include Mr Wood who should be commended, & supported, on His venture in the Town.
Roll on July until i can walk down Senhouse St again with My Grand-Daughters.

Posted by Kevin Winn on 17 January 2013 at 06:08

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