Tank trap would ‘segregate’ Daventry estates

Taper Way, Daventry.'Pictured are Barry Wakefield, Mary Wakefield with Benji the dog, Maria Perkins & Pippa Wright
Taper Way, Daventry.'Pictured are Barry Wakefield, Mary Wakefield with Benji the dog, Maria Perkins & Pippa Wright
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A resident on Daventry’s Timken Estate says ‘priority’ signs and proper road markings would prevent the council wasting money.

Maria Perkins is one of many on the estate in favour of this option, suggested by developer Taylor Wimpey, to avoid the planned installation of a controversial tank trap on Taper Way.

The hydraulic rise and fall barrier, which would close the road to all except buses, was due to be installed by TW as part of a contract with Northamptonshire County Council that would see the road ready for adoption by the council.

However, strong opposition from residents and Cllr Chris Long has won DDC support for Taylor Wimpey’s alternate plans to keep the road open. The final decision now lies with NCC.

Mrs Perkins, of Timken Way, said: “The road provides an important link between the Timken and Headlands estates. My nearest local shop is on the Headlands and if a tank trap was to be installed it would leave only one entrance to the estate which would be dangerous.

“I can’t understand what purpose a tank trap would serve and how it’s a good idea to spend money installing an expensive mechanical system that would only encourage residential segregation?

“The link has been open for more than 11 years and a priority sign would be a perfect solution to this problem.”

Cllr Chris Long has been campaigning on behalf of residents to keep Taper Way open and avoid the council having to spend money if the tank trap needed removing after installation. Pressure from him encouraged Taylor Wimpey to come up with their alternative solution.

Cllr Chris Long said: “I am very happy to have achieved another positive result for residents. Negotiations on subjects involving DDC and NCC aren’t easy. They are time consuming and unnecessarily lengthy but I hope residents appreciate the outcome.”

Business manager at DDC, Simon Bowers, said: “Residents made their views clear.

“We are hopeful that a sensible solution will be found and expect this to be confirmed within a few weeks.”