In an effort to raise awareness amongst decision making district councillors about existing traffic chaos at “honey pot” tourist locations in the Staffordshire Moorlands WAG is gathering evidence for their consideration. The first video showing irrefutable evidence of the problems at Rudyard Lake, Tittersworth Reservoir and The Roaches can be viewed via the link in the following letter sent to district councillors on 30 Aug 2012.
As the Churnet Valley Masterplan proposals move towards preparation of a draft plan, you have an unenviable task as an elected representative in considering what type and scale of tourism is appropriate for the Churnet Valley. You perhaps have difficulty in assessing the array of often conflicting information and arguments that are placed before you. Detailed knowledge of issues within the ward that you represent is one thing, but achieving a full understanding of situations in every ward across the whole of the Staffordshire Moorlands area is perhaps a little daunting. Yet how can you meaningfully contribute to the debate without that wider knowledge?
Just to take one issue, that of tourist related traffic problems. Almost everyone is aware of the inadequacies of the road infrastructure across the district council area, and you may well have read or heard of the congestion problems experienced around the “honey pot” tourism sites. But have you actually witnessed these traffic problems to assess for yourself the nature and scale of what concerns so many people living close to them? I recognise that it is totally unreasonable to expect you to explore the whole of the Staffordshire Moorlands gathering first hand information on these problems. I would also question whether the office hours planning staff writing the draft report have first hand knowledge either, as they made no mention of such ongoing problems in the Options Report.
In response to that void of reliable facts Whiston Action Group (WAG) is willing to assist. One of the fundamental principles that WAG works to is ensuring that any judgements it makes are based upon facts and not anecdotal stories from often dubious sources that cannot be relied upon. WAG gathers evidence and is willing to share it with anyone having the interests of the Churnet Valley at heart. You may have doubts about the reality of traffic congestion problems and may have received assurances that such stories are unfounded and exaggerated. If that is the case I invite you to click on the link below to view our first video showing traffic issues at Rudyard Lake, Tittersworth Reservoir and The Roaches. You will see irrefutable evidence of existing tourism overwhelming the parking facilities and road infrastructure. Solutions to these here and now problems need your attention rather than encouraging yet more visitors to the area.
I trust you will find the video informative and assure you that WAG has the resources and commitment to assist in gathering the important factual evidence that currently you may be being denied. Our web site at www.whiston-action-group.co.uk is always worth a visit and our communications officer, Nick Cresswell, can be contacted on 07850 336587.
Chairman of Whiston Action Group.