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Things Fall Apart tenfold under the Tories

06.14.10 | Comment?

This is the text of my letter to the Environment Director at Lancashire County Council, setting out a concise list of ten issues on which I have raised and on which I am awaiting either feedback or promised action.

It reflects my frustration at the apparently total inaction.  More importantly, it reflects a service which, under a Tory administration just over a year old, appears to be simply falling apart.  This must be happening across Lancashire; it’s just that I record it for posterity.

I would be grateful for responses from your division on the following outstanding matters:

1) When the speed limits emanating from the A and B road speed limit review will be imposed.  These were promised ‘by May in the most recent email correspondence with me.

2) When the revised proposals for speed limiting on Lathom Road, following on from the mistakes made in the first proposals, be formally advertised.

3) When the works, including speed limiting, emanating from the A570 study will be implemented.  I was promised a reply on this matter, but it has never materialized.

4) When progress will be made on the matter of speed limiting on Hall Lane, for which speed measurements were taken in April.

5) When we can expect a decision on speed limiting on Spa Lane, the subject of a petition to Lancashire Local in January 2010.

6) When I will receive a response to my April letter to the cabinet member setting out my and residents’ very grave concerns about the A577 safety scheme as it applies to the Wigan Road/Dickets Lane junction.

7) When I will receive a response to the petition in respect of Skelmersdale Road speed limits, submitted to the final Lancashire Local meeting in March

8) When the works on Sineacre Lane will be continued, as these have stopped after completion of the first stretch

9) When I will receive feedback on the post-winter review as it applies to the dangerous conditions on Stopgate Lane caused by lack of gritting.

10) When the planned study of possible traffic interventions in Ormskirk Town Centre will be produced for consultation, so that my constituents can have their say on this matter in the context of a now unlikely Ormskirk Bypass.

I understand that officers have busy schedules, and I prefer not to keep up with repeated demands for written information and action, as I know this can slow down actual implementation.  I prefer to rely on phone calls and quick emails.

However, I also have a duty to keep my constituents informed about what is going on, and to set out more formally to you their frustration at the range of delays I have set out above.

I look forward to hearing from you at your earliest convenience.

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