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Road safety goes on hold under the Tories

06.15.10 | Comment?

I’ve just had written confirmation in from the County Council that the various speed limiting and safety scheme measures approved for Bickerstaffe, including the 30mph limit past the school that we’ve been campainging about for years now, are officially on hold until after the ConDem ’emergency’ (for which read politically opportunist because there is no emergency) budget on 22nd June.

This is of course utterly ridiculous, and a betrayal of people in Bickerstaffe by the new government, who are stopping a Council of their own political inclination carrying out works that they have already promised to residents and spent legal notice money on. 

Such a blanket ban on capital spending, with no discretion whatsoever for officers to get on with their job while the government undertakes its budget review, is a typically underhand tactic by the Tory administration at County Hall in Preston, seizing on any excuse to stop all spending that it can.

Road speed limits have been the number one priority for many people in Bickerstaffe for years, and we finally thought our efforts were paying off.

Then along came the Tories and their LibDem chums.

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