Good luck tackling our roads, but you won't get any help
THE item on your front page last week reminded me so clearly of the time when I was borough councillor for South Ward and the residents of Wyberton West Road wanted something to be done about motorists speeding on that road and Chain Bridge Road.
The answer was the same. There had been collisions – not enough, There had been injuries – nothing to do with speeding. The residents were demanding that something be done – "the road did not meet any of the required criteria to justify either cameras" or a legal extension of the speed limits.
I raised the matter with the police but they did not want to know.
I asked a question of a police inspector appearing before a scrutiny board but he did not consider speeding to be a priority.
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With the help of some of the residents, I delivered letters to all of the residents seeking them to sign letters to go to the chairman of the county council asking for help with the problem.
From memory there were, I think, 343 letters sent, certainly more than 300 and what did they do at County Hall? Bunged them all together, called them a petition and they never saw the light of day again.
This is one reason why this former councillor became so despondent. Who sets the "required criteria"? I certainly never found out. Any more than I found out about anything else to do with road traffic when dealing with the county authorities, including the deliberate untruth told to the residents of Park Road and Linley Drive when the Wyberton West Road/London Road junction was stopped up.
That is to say that the weight limit and speed limit would be rigorously enforced but never was. I wish Mr Abbott luck – he will need it because he won't get any help.
A R Austin