HOLYPORT LOCAL WORKSHOP
Our workshop in Holyport was held in the Memorial Hall on 18 October 2012, and attended by about 240 people. Here are some of the key points:
Residents value Holyport’s rural charm, visual appeal and strong sense of community. They did not want to see development which
compromises people’s quality of life. Previous developments which have not won wide public favour include Aysgarth Park.
There is a clear perception that Holyport village has reached its capacity – any further development would stretch oversubscribed schools and congested roads. Traffic hotspots include Holyport Road, Ascot Road and Moneyrow Green.
Residents voiced concern over pedestrian access (e.g. Ascot Road from Hearne Drive). The need for a more walkable village environment was cited.
Traffic solutions suggested included: pelican crossings (between the bus stops), a lollypop lady, traffic lights which turn red to slow 30+mph cars, instigation of a 20 mph zone, or one way systems. Some groups mentioned bypass options to the motorway.
Residents voiced apprehension over the potential combination of increased housing pressure and A330 traffic congestion which might result from Crossrail.
Concern about developments in North Bracknell and their effect on through traffic
Some residents also felt the village should be able to accommodate the changing needs of households as they age. A Residents’ Association could be one way of capitalising on Holyport’s strong community spirit. (One has been formed since this meeting – see the Links page).
Parts of the Vision Statement were considered vague. Alternative suggestion: “Ensure that any new development does not have a negative impact on the local community (in terms of traffic congestion, excess pressure on local services such as schools and doctors, loss of open green space or a threat to community cohesion).”