Coleridge School: Haley's pledge to listen to your views
I am a little puzzled by the comments of Cllrs Weber and Winskill on our consultation on a new road safety scheme around Coleridge Primary School (Council is ignoring residents road fears, H&H Broadway, March 20). They suggest we are not listening to t
I am a little puzzled by the comments of Cllrs Weber and Winskill on our consultation on a new road safety scheme around Coleridge Primary School (Council is 'ignoring' residents' road fears, H&H Broadway, March 20).
They suggest we are not listening to the concerns of residents in Waverley, Christchurch and Haslemere Roads, suggesting they have no voice in the plans.
This is pure mischief making. As both the Lib Dem councillors know very well, we have just begun a consultation on this scheme precisely to give these residents the opportunity to have their say.
Their comments - and all others made during the consultation - will be taken into full consideration when we draw up the final scheme.
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I'm not sure what kind of alternative consultation process Cllrs Weber and Winskill are advocating, though that doesn't particularly surprise me. Their political group is always happy to accuse us of failing to consult at length on various schemes, and then turn around and tell us we are not implementing schemes quickly enough.
Finally, both councillors predict traffic chaos as a result of the development at Coleridge Primary.
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We will be working hard with the school to encourage parents to allow their children to walk or cycle to school, rather than take them by car. We hope this will reduce any impact the expansion may have on traffic levels.
It's a shame that the two Lib Dem councillors show markedly less faith in the environmental credentials of the residents they represent.
Cllr Brian Haley
Cabinet Member for Environment and Conservation