20MPH zone to be imposed
10/10/2016 21:33:00......Posted by Helen Pollard
20MPH for Zone 2 was approved at last week’s Traffic Management Advisory Committee (TMAC) amid concerns about the process and the Labour majority committee ignoring residents views.
It was pointed out to the Committee by Cllr Sara Bashford the opposition lead on Transport that there were serious concerns that all the views expressed by residents in the informal consultation stage had not been recorded. There were two councillors who voted whose details did not appear on the register of those who had participated in the initial informal process. No explanation could be provided about why this occurred. The implication was they were lying, which isn’t the case.
However, it then came to light that when the formal consultation took place there were only 10 comments from the public and they were all objections. These were all rejected by the Labour Councillors on the committee and the chairman Stuart King said that as the 20 MPH was in the Labour manifesto they would go ahead regardless of the views expressed in the formal consultation.
Cllr Sara Bashford said: "It seems pretty pointless having an informal consultation where the views don’t impact on the formal consultation and a formal consultation where the comments are ignored. So regardless of who wants what it seems that if the Labour Administration want it they will go ahead and ignore residents views."