This Labour chaos is hurting York

This Labour chaos is hurting York

This Labour chaos is hurting York

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LABOUR has brought disaster to this city with its conflicting policies on retail and transport.

Firstly it backs a massive expansion of out-of-town retail – against all national, regional, and local policy – predicted to cripple the city centre economy with losses of £50,000,000 per year by the council’s own retail consultants as trade moves to the ring road.

Then it botches its own plan to reduce congestion and air pollution in the city centre so badly that the trial is abandoned without even presenting the evidence of its success or failure.

Finally, in a complete reversal, it invites more cars to pollute the city centre with free parking, but only for a year, when presumably Labour will be thrown out of office, with the lost car-parking revenue paid for by the developers of the out-of-town retail park.

Such mixed-up thinking brings the word “chickens” and “headless” to mind...

Coun Dave Taylor, Green Party councillor for Fishergate, New Walk Terrace, York.

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1:21pm Wed 16 Apr 14

strangebuttrue? says...

Dave Taylor Said "Then it botches its own plan to reduce congestion and air pollution in the city centre"

Yes but it's plan was just more of the same - create more congestion by further constricting York's traffic a policy which since 2006 has seen up to 48% increases in pollution with no increase in the volume of traffic.

Working well then this plan?
Dave Taylor Said "Then it botches its own plan to reduce congestion and air pollution in the city centre" Yes but it's plan was just more of the same - create more congestion by further constricting York's traffic a policy which since 2006 has seen up to 48% increases in pollution with no increase in the volume of traffic. Working well then this plan? strangebuttrue?
  • Score: -1

2:19pm Wed 16 Apr 14

zorpie says...

It's all well and good for Dave Taylor to say this but the greens are no better than Labour. They're against cheap energy, preferring expensive renewables and against cheap food, opposing GM and modern farming methods. These policies help middle class green voters align their chakras but do nothing for people struggling to heat their homes or feed their families.
It's all well and good for Dave Taylor to say this but the greens are no better than Labour. They're against cheap energy, preferring expensive renewables and against cheap food, opposing GM and modern farming methods. These policies help middle class green voters align their chakras but do nothing for people struggling to heat their homes or feed their families. zorpie
  • Score: 1

4:04pm Wed 16 Apr 14

greenmonkey says...

strangebuttrue? wrote:
Dave Taylor Said "Then it botches its own plan to reduce congestion and air pollution in the city centre"

Yes but it's plan was just more of the same - create more congestion by further constricting York's traffic a policy which since 2006 has seen up to 48% increases in pollution with no increase in the volume of traffic.

Working well then this plan?
And the solution? Open up every residential street to share the pain? No increase in the volume of traffic but increased pollution? Perhaps its more buses and delivery lorries stuck in the same traffic for longer? So the Lib Dems and Labour have failed - do you think the Tories would do better, with their policies of removing bus lanes and encouraging more cars to clog our narrow city centre streets?
[quote][p][bold]strangebuttrue?[/bold] wrote: Dave Taylor Said "Then it botches its own plan to reduce congestion and air pollution in the city centre" Yes but it's plan was just more of the same - create more congestion by further constricting York's traffic a policy which since 2006 has seen up to 48% increases in pollution with no increase in the volume of traffic. Working well then this plan?[/p][/quote]And the solution? Open up every residential street to share the pain? No increase in the volume of traffic but increased pollution? Perhaps its more buses and delivery lorries stuck in the same traffic for longer? So the Lib Dems and Labour have failed - do you think the Tories would do better, with their policies of removing bus lanes and encouraging more cars to clog our narrow city centre streets? greenmonkey
  • Score: 3

6:31pm Wed 16 Apr 14

strangebuttrue? says...

greenmonkey wrote:
strangebuttrue? wrote:
Dave Taylor Said "Then it botches its own plan to reduce congestion and air pollution in the city centre"

Yes but it's plan was just more of the same - create more congestion by further constricting York's traffic a policy which since 2006 has seen up to 48% increases in pollution with no increase in the volume of traffic.

Working well then this plan?
And the solution? Open up every residential street to share the pain? No increase in the volume of traffic but increased pollution? Perhaps its more buses and delivery lorries stuck in the same traffic for longer? So the Lib Dems and Labour have failed - do you think the Tories would do better, with their policies of removing bus lanes and encouraging more cars to clog our narrow city centre streets?
No I would not open most residential streets but there would be no need to have closed them but for the current policies being employed. If you deliberately constrain traffic then it attempts to find a way out of the stranglehold which in York tends to send it down residential streets so the council close these to try to regain control. So it would seem logical that if you take out the constraints the traffic will stick to the main routes.

Whichever way you look at the council policies employed to bully residents out of cars since 2006, which by coincidence is when Mr Merrett took a seat on transport related council committees according to his record, they have done nothing to reduce car use but have had detrimental effects in terms of: -
Pollution up by as much as 48% with no increase in volume of traffic.
Increased traffic on residential streets.
Journey times extended for all motor vehicles.
Very unhappy York residents.
Now very unhappy York visitors.
Damage to city centre business.
A mass of street clutter, traffic lights, signs, paint of every colour splashed all over the roads.

I cannot think of a single benefit to have come out of the councils policy on traffic since 2006. We even had decreasing traffic volumes and pollution before all this started.
[quote][p][bold]greenmonkey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]strangebuttrue?[/bold] wrote: Dave Taylor Said "Then it botches its own plan to reduce congestion and air pollution in the city centre" Yes but it's plan was just more of the same - create more congestion by further constricting York's traffic a policy which since 2006 has seen up to 48% increases in pollution with no increase in the volume of traffic. Working well then this plan?[/p][/quote]And the solution? Open up every residential street to share the pain? No increase in the volume of traffic but increased pollution? Perhaps its more buses and delivery lorries stuck in the same traffic for longer? So the Lib Dems and Labour have failed - do you think the Tories would do better, with their policies of removing bus lanes and encouraging more cars to clog our narrow city centre streets?[/p][/quote]No I would not open most residential streets but there would be no need to have closed them but for the current policies being employed. If you deliberately constrain traffic then it attempts to find a way out of the stranglehold which in York tends to send it down residential streets so the council close these to try to regain control. So it would seem logical that if you take out the constraints the traffic will stick to the main routes. Whichever way you look at the council policies employed to bully residents out of cars since 2006, which by coincidence is when Mr Merrett took a seat on transport related council committees according to his record, they have done nothing to reduce car use but have had detrimental effects in terms of: - Pollution up by as much as 48% with no increase in volume of traffic. Increased traffic on residential streets. Journey times extended for all motor vehicles. Very unhappy York residents. Now very unhappy York visitors. Damage to city centre business. A mass of street clutter, traffic lights, signs, paint of every colour splashed all over the roads. I cannot think of a single benefit to have come out of the councils policy on traffic since 2006. We even had decreasing traffic volumes and pollution before all this started. strangebuttrue?
  • Score: -3

10:32am Thu 17 Apr 14

doltare says...

This council are a bunch of muppet's lets hope there voted out next year!
This council are a bunch of muppet's lets hope there voted out next year! doltare
  • Score: 3

11:09am Thu 17 Apr 14

CaroleBaines says...

£50m a year?? Where on earth do those figures come from? And Dave Taylor seems to be critical of the Council for both blocking cars from the city centre and encouraging them. Which is it Dave, what exactly would the Greens do? Hmm....thought that might be a tricky question, the Greens have no real policies as everyone knows.
£50m a year?? Where on earth do those figures come from? And Dave Taylor seems to be critical of the Council for both blocking cars from the city centre and encouraging them. Which is it Dave, what exactly would the Greens do? Hmm....thought that might be a tricky question, the Greens have no real policies as everyone knows. CaroleBaines
  • Score: 2

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