Constituency MP Julie Marson has announced that a scheme to address long-standing issues on the Rush Green roundabout has been agreed with site owners BP and McDonald's.
The unexpected announcement came as a surprise to local councillors and residents, who were unaware of any progress having been made in the 8 year-long campaign to tackle congestion on the roundabout.
After many months of conversations with senior executives from BP and McDonald's I'm pleased that the two companies have agreed to progress with a scheme that will resolve the longstanding problems at the Rush Greeen Roundabout in my constituency. Would my right honourable friend join me in playing tribute to the many residents and councillors who have campaigned on this issue and encourage the companies to implement the necessary alterations to the site as quickly as possible?
Julie Marson in the House of Commons 25/3/21
The site falls within the County Council ward of All Saints, and Jan Goodeve, Conservative candidate in the forthcoming council elections later tweeted: "Further meetings between BP and McDonalds will be held to discuss in further detail amendments that include points on traffic calming and crossing areas. Julie Marson will continue to work with the two companies so that work can begin promptly."
However, a spokesman for the Kingsmead Residents Association, said: "despite many requests there have been no meaningful public discussion or updates from Local Government or MP, despite previous assurances we would".
A statement issued by Hertfordshire Councty Council said: "We are still awaiting formal notification and agreement from the landowners, MacDonald’s and BP, as to the proposed improvements that have been agreed by Hertfordshire County Council, which we believe will help address the queuing concerns at Rush Green roundabout."
The current member for the area, Cllr. Andrew Stevenson has been approached for comment. Cllr. Stevenson recently resigned from the local Conservative party and now sits as an independent.
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