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Residents meet Gloria at her coffee morning in Kirkby.

Congestion and regeneration on agenda at Kirkby coffee morning

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Congestion in Kirkby town centre was one of the main issues that local residents brought up at Ashfield MP Gloria De Piero’s latest coffee morning.

The event was held at St Thomas’ Church last Saturday (October 29) for all Kirkby residents.

Traffic problems on Station Street and Urban Road was a big issue for several people, who told Gloria that there are frequent long queues in the area.

Gloria promised to contact Nottinghamshire County Council’s highways team to ask them to look at the syncing of the traffic lights on Station Street, which sometimes contributes to the congestion.

Residents meet Gloria at her coffee morning in Kirkby.
Residents meet Gloria at her coffee morning in Kirkby.

She also pledged to enquire why the gates to Kingsway Park at the Kingsway Road entrance are closed, restricting access for wheelchair users and parents of young children in prams and pushchairs.

Another issue that Gloria is taking up for residents is what can be done to make Kirkby a more attractive place for shops and businesses.

People told her they were unhappy with the number of empty retail units and she promised to write to Ashfield District Council to ask if the opening of any new businesses is in the pipeline.

Gloria said: “It was good to hear directly from so many residents about the issues in Kirkby that are causing them concern at the moment.

“I will be taking up everything they raised with the relevant organisations to see if any resolutions to their problems can be found or worked towards and I will let the residents know what answers I receive.”

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