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Am I angry? You bet I am

06.21.10 | Comment?

Here’s my press release about the news that the speed limits and safety measures across Bickerstaffe ward are being held up by the Tories’s ridiculous decision to halt ALL capital spending.  It speaks for itself.

A Labour councillor has reacted angrily to the decision by the Conservative administration at Lancashire County Council to put on hold all speed limiting and road safety work in the parishes he represents.

Councillor for Bickerstaffe Ward, Paul Cotterill, said:

The Tory administration in Preston has acted outrageously in banning all further work on the implementation of speed limits and safety measures in my ward. People in Bickerstaffe, Simonswood and South Lathom, the parishes I cover, have been campaigning for several years for such measures, and just at the point when that campaign was coming to fruition in several areas, the County Council has decided not to carry through on its promises.

I am particularly disgusted that the much needed 30mph limit, which had been agreed for Liverpool Road, Church Road and past the primary school on Hall Lane, has not been put in place as promised. This follows a long campaign by residents, which we thought was finally won back in 2009 when the Council agreed (on appeal) to reduce Liverpool Road from a 40mph limit to 30mph, and to reduce Church Road and Hall Lane all the way from 60mph to 30mph. In addition, I have NINE other speed and safety schemes across the ward, at different stages of progress, which are simply being ignored by the Council.

I have in writing a commitment by the County Council to put the news signs up by the end of May 2010. I now learn from officers at the County that all work on speed limiting has been stopped because of a total ban on all capital spending, pending the Tories’ ‘ideology budget’ on Tuesday 22nd June. Only then, after the savage and needless cuts are announced, will the County Council decide what capital schemes can and can’t go ahead. Given the snail like pace at which the council operates under the Tories, it may take months before the details are known, and before we know where we stand.

This is a ridiculous situation. My constituents have been promised safer roads for months now, and they have been betrayed. The Tories at County Hall should be ashamed of themselves.

Note to editors:

1) Details of the ten speed and safety schemes are available at http://bickerstafferecord.org/?p=1709

 2) Details of the agreement reached for a 30mph limit on Liverpool Road are at http://bickerstafferecord.org/?p=1338 (September 2009), and of the agreement to add to this agreement by including Church Road and Hall Lane (past the school) are at http://bickerstafferecord.org/?p=1576 (March 2010), with notice that the speed limits had been promised for May 2010 at http://bickerstafferecord.org/?p=1610 (April 2010)

     

     

A Labour councillor has reacted angrily to the decision by the Conservative administration at Lancashire County Council to put on hold all speed limiting and road safety work in the parishes he represents. 

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