New leader, now!

York Press: New leader, now! New leader, now!

IT IS no secret that I expressed support for the Lendal Bridge trial. However, competent governance must evaluate measures taken and adjust policy accordingly.

I remain convinced that a near traffic-free zone is required at Exhibition Square in order to realise the vision for a safe public open space.

But stubborn pursuance of this against strong public opinion, near gridlock elsewhere and through persecution of visiting motorists was vindictive. It is now clear that for a successful closure of Lendal Bridge, there must be more infrastructure in place, such as the completed A59 Park & Ride, further improvements to the left filter lane at Clifton’s Water End and better bus services.

So what now? While I was impressed with James Alexander’s achievement on seizing control of the council, I shared the concern about his lack of ‘real-world’ experience. So it has been no surprise that on major issues he has failed to provide true leadership.

For the sake of York, we need a listening council leader now.

Cllr Joe Watt, Member for Skelton, Rawcliffe & Clifton Without, Skelton, York.

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6:25pm Sat 12 Apr 14

strangebuttrue? says...

So Mr Watt believes a little more tinkering will allow him to close Lendal Bridge again. He would not be the Conservative equivalent of Mr Merrett would he? Another man who once in power does not want to listen to the vast majority of York's residents.
So Mr Watt believes a little more tinkering will allow him to close Lendal Bridge again. He would not be the Conservative equivalent of Mr Merrett would he? Another man who once in power does not want to listen to the vast majority of York's residents. strangebuttrue?
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