With the Deputy Mayor of Swindon opening of the skate park on Rivermead Drive on Thursday 30 July, 11am, Shaw resident Chris Barry is calling on Swindon Council to urgently fund a crossing point on Mead Way from Section 106 developer contributions.
SwindonLink has published map of footpath routes so that pedestrians and cyclists heading for the skate facility on the east side of Mead Way know the safe routes, but Chris believes the amount of traffic using the road and the number of attractions close to the Spectrum building means greater danger for people reaching them on foot or by bike.
“Because Thamesdown Drive has yet to be completed to Great Western Way, as originally conceived, Mead Way has become Swindon’s western by-pass with an ever increasing volume of traffic including heavy lorries.
“At the same time, we’ve seen part of the Spectrum building, on the east side of Mead Way, used as the Kidz About children’s play centre, the Golfing Hole and a dance studio. Opposite it is the skate park.
“Aldi will open in September on the west side. All these facilities attract more car users but also people on foot or bikes.
“Even though there are safe routes in the area they are not direct, so we’re going to see young people walking along the verges of the busy roads and crossing Mead Way to get to the skate park.
“My wife and I have walked from home in Shaw to Kidz About with our grandchildren and crossed Mead Way and it’s a nightmare. This is a situation which needs to be dealt with before a tragedy takes place.”
Shaw councillor May Martin said: “I have submitted a Mead Way crossing for consideration by the borough’s highway engineers. It’s one of several projects in West Swindon; we await the result of technical studies.”
The event on 30 July will see local councillors visiting the skatepark. On Sunday 23 August, 12noon to 3pm, park builders Wheelscape are organising a skatejam with professional skaters, scooterists and BMX riders showing off their stunt skills.