Verity Bird, Carisbrooke:

During the latter half of last year the council published a consultation on various additions to road markings, including three areas of double yellow lines on Clatterford Road in Carisbrooke.

They have since re-advertised the consultation with a deadline for feedback of March 29. However, on March 25, they placed no-parking bollards outside our house and the two adjacent ones, stating that the works would take place on March 26.

Firstly, this makes a complete nonsense of the consultation as they obviously have no plans to take any notice of any comments received.

I would have thought it would also make any work carried out prior to the completion of the alleged consultation null and void.

The reason for the ‘proposal’, according to the signage, but not to the online consultation is “for avoiding danger to persons or other traffic using the road or [bizarrely] any other road or for preventing the likelihood of any such danger arising and for facilitating the passage along the road…of any class of traffic including pedestrians”. According to the online consultation the reason is solely to provide suitable and safe passing places.

Clatterford Road suffers from a number of problems, none of which are due to a lack of suitable and safe passing places.

When the Island Roads PFI, which we all pay for, was brought in, the promise was that all the roads would be improved. Clatterford Road was closed for several weeks quite a few years ago, during which time they did only half of the road, leaving the worst half in its increasingly dilapidated state.

Many vehicles, not just cars but even buses, lorries and massive tractors, treat Clatterford Road as a race track, whanging down it – in either direction – as fast as they can.

The current proposals will, if anything, make things worse by facilitating the ability of vehicles to put their foot down. Speeding is an endemic problem and nothing is done about it, ever.

The single footway is extremely dangerous, too narrow in many places for pedestrians to pass each other, very uneven and it must be virtually impassable in a wheelchair or with a buggy.

A friend with a mobility problem tripped and fell into the road - if one of those speeding vehicles had been coming at the time, she’d have incurred life changing injuries, or worse.

The large vehicles that regularly use the road make the narrowness of the pavement simply terrifying. The double yellow lines will do nothing to improve this.

With pavement on only one side of the road, residents of approximately half the houses have no alternative but to cross the road to walk to the village. We have to take our life in our hands every time we go out.

My plea would be to look for real solutions to our very real problems, rather than wasting money on faux solutions to non-problems which will not work.