PLANS to introduce a one-way system in the heart of Uppermill have been shunted into a cul-de-sac.
Resident David Gartside and Pam Bailey, clerk to Saddleworth Parish Council, submitted two separate schemes for consideration.
Both would have involved the erection of between 15-19 illuminated signs with estimated costs of nearly £90,000.
One proposal would have seen Court Street made one way from High Street to Lee Street, Station Road one way left from Lee Street to Smithy Lane and Smithy Lane one way from Station Road to High Street.
The other, suggested by former policeman David, was to make Smithy Lane one way east (upwards) away from High Street as far as village green and make Lee Street, which is currently one way northward, into one way southward.
Spring Street would become one way from the Civic Hall to High Street but Court Street would remain two way.
Pam said: “There are particular problems in the Court Street area caused by vehicles parking in the loading bay adjacent to the Co-Op and on the double yellow lines on the opposite side of the road, coupled with the relatively heavy traffic coming to and from the Civic Hall car park.
“A further problem is the extremely narrow part of Station Road/Smithy Lane outside Willow Bank and the cars coming to and from the medical practice.”
The schemes were discussed at the Parish Council’s Roads and Traffic sub committee and the Saddleworth and Lees District Partnership before being rejected at Saddleworth Parish Council.
Parish Councillor Neil Allsopp told the District Partnership: “The last two to three years anyone who looks at traffic in Saddleworth, especially in Uppermill, can see it is a lot worse than it was a few years ago. And it was bad then.
“A one-way system may well have more widespread support then it had previously.
“I think it is a very good idea we have investigation into its cost effectiveness at the very least and then we can make a valid judgement.”
However, borough and Parish councillor John Hudson, argued: “If my memory serves me right a survey was done about 18 months ago.
“So, I don’t know why it has cropped up again. The world and his dog was against it. I think that’s a no-no and a waste of money.”
Cllr Graham Sheldon added: “We have done an extensive survey on this one-way system and residents’ parking.
“It is a nightmare getting into Station Road from Court Street and Lee Street and that has always been the problem.
“It was discussed at the Parish previously and the majority said ‘no’ and forget about it all together.
“I don’t know why it has even been brought up again. I would like to propose we do not take this forward.
“A one-way system will not work. It will cause more problems than it will solve. Let’s put it to bed once and for all.
“There are more and more cars and there will be more in the future.
“But it is working as it is. If we alter it, it will be far worse.”