LABOUR councillors are in a desperate rush to move on from the Lendal Bridge debacle and in the words of James Alexander “build a consensus going forward” (The Press, April 10).

The problem is that the botched trial is not a one-off event, but is instead typical of this Labour council.

From their attempt to sell-off Union Terrace, to their unpopular blanket 20mph policy, to their plans to bulldoze over the green belt in Copmanthorpe and elsewhere – Labour is simply not listening to residents.

The closure was introduced without consultation. When businesses and residents raised concerns, Labour ignored these and only acted when the scheme was ruled unlawful.

As long as Labour is imposing its ideas on local people rather than listening to them, mistakes such as Lendal Bridge will be repeated.

Talk of consensus is nonsense unless Labour change starts listening.

Richard Brown, Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Copmanthorpe, Horseman Avenue, Copmanthorpe, York.