Who’s to blame?

Who’s to blame?

Who’s to blame?

First published in Letters by

ARE councillors James Alexander and Dave Merrett the correct people to blame for the Lendal Bridge fiasco?

As our democratically elected representatives, it was their right to demand the trial even if it was unpopular with the majority of the electorate.

The planning and implementation of the trial would be the responsibility of the professional, senior executives of the council. It was surely their job to see that the signage was adequate and the scheme was legal.

Colin Richardson, Hobgate, York.

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7:32pm Tue 22 Jul 14

strangebuttrue? says...

So this letter is saying just what it would appear Mr Merrett wants us all to believe. That it is someone else's fault not an elected person but a wage earning worker. They always say it!!! flows downhill especially in the blame game don't they.

Well if we have a look at Mr Merrett's record - which shows he is "an honorary member of the Cycle Touring Club and a York Cycle Campaign member" - we can see, from his own reports, that during his time a chair on all things transport (since 2006) we have had up to 48% increases in pollution with no increases in the volume of traffic brought about by sustained relentless harassment and bullying of resident drivers to encourage modal change. Does this not demonstrate someone with policies who will stop at nothing to bring about the dream of a cycling paradise in York? Mr Merrett also says the pollution, massively added to by the congestion creating schemes, is killing many more York residents every year than accident statistics show would occur over 50 years.

Only a majority have a right to demand a trial not any one person and when vaguely asked through some small print on a traffic order York residents said no. York residents also said no to the closure in poll carried out by York Press. In feedback to the council most residents said no to the closure as did most businesses.

So are we blaming the right persons? Well ask yourself these questions - who was in charge? Was it some paid employee who came up with this scheme? Who authorised the closure? Who said they would resign if they got it wrong? Who has disappeared from the radar whilst the dust settles?
So this letter is saying just what it would appear Mr Merrett wants us all to believe. That it is someone else's fault not an elected person but a wage earning worker. They always say it!!! flows downhill especially in the blame game don't they. Well if we have a look at Mr Merrett's record - which shows he is "an honorary member of the Cycle Touring Club and a York Cycle Campaign member" - we can see, from his own reports, that during his time a chair on all things transport (since 2006) we have had up to 48% increases in pollution with no increases in the volume of traffic brought about by sustained relentless harassment and bullying of resident drivers to encourage modal change. Does this not demonstrate someone with policies who will stop at nothing to bring about the dream of a cycling paradise in York? Mr Merrett also says the pollution, massively added to by the congestion creating schemes, is killing many more York residents every year than accident statistics show would occur over 50 years. Only a majority have a right to demand a trial not any one person and when vaguely asked through some small print on a traffic order York residents said no. York residents also said no to the closure in poll carried out by York Press. In feedback to the council most residents said no to the closure as did most businesses. So are we blaming the right persons? Well ask yourself these questions - who was in charge? Was it some paid employee who came up with this scheme? Who authorised the closure? Who said they would resign if they got it wrong? Who has disappeared from the radar whilst the dust settles? strangebuttrue?
  • Score: 5

8:17pm Tue 22 Jul 14

courier46 says...

YES!
YES! courier46
  • Score: 1

10:16pm Tue 22 Jul 14

inthesticks says...

Absolutely right. I`ve been saying this all along. The legal team and ultimately the buck stops at the top with the CE, as it would with any company.
Absolutely right. I`ve been saying this all along. The legal team and ultimately the buck stops at the top with the CE, as it would with any company. inthesticks
  • Score: 2

11:40pm Tue 22 Jul 14

AnotherPointofView says...

Yes, absolutely they are to blame. They should both resign.

This has been a fiasco from start to finish, costing residents of York huge sums of money, with no benefit at all.
Yes, absolutely they are to blame. They should both resign. This has been a fiasco from start to finish, costing residents of York huge sums of money, with no benefit at all. AnotherPointofView
  • Score: -2

8:30am Wed 23 Jul 14

pedalling paul says...

Honorary Membership of an organisation like CTC is bestowed upon an individual. The individual does not request or otherwise seek it.

It has always been the goal of York's past and the present Local Transport Plans, to hold down peak levels of demand for private car use. That has largely been achieved by following Whitehall-led initiatives to create alternative travel choices, with associated priority infrastructure.

Be assured that if a travel free for all had been allowed to continue, then the gridlock which still threatens us during the 2030's, would already be here.

Residents can still elect to travel round York by private car if they wish.
But please do not expect an automatic entitlement to the open road which features on so many TV car ads. And if your car is single occupancy, then consider the option of car sharing to improve your otherwise inefficient use of road capacity.

Otherwise the time will come when motor vehicle use will have to be prioritised, on the basis of needing rather that wanting to use it.
Honorary Membership of an organisation like CTC is bestowed upon an individual. The individual does not request or otherwise seek it. It has always been the goal of York's past and the present Local Transport Plans, to hold down peak levels of demand for private car use. That has largely been achieved by following Whitehall-led initiatives to create alternative travel choices, with associated priority infrastructure. Be assured that if a travel free for all had been allowed to continue, then the gridlock which still threatens us during the 2030's, would already be here. Residents can still elect to travel round York by private car if they wish. But please do not expect an automatic entitlement to the open road which features on so many TV car ads. And if your car is single occupancy, then consider the option of car sharing to improve your otherwise inefficient use of road capacity. Otherwise the time will come when motor vehicle use will have to be prioritised, on the basis of needing rather that wanting to use it. pedalling paul
  • Score: -3

7:56pm Wed 23 Jul 14

strangebuttrue? says...

PP Said : -

It has always been the goal of York's past and the present Local Transport Plans, to hold down peak levels of demand for private car use.

I already said that:-
"we can see, from his own reports, that during his time a chair on all things transport (since 2006) we have had up to 48% increases in pollution with no increases in the volume of traffic brought about by sustained relentless harassment and bullying of resident drivers to encourage modal change." You did not need to repeat it PP.
PP Said : - It has always been the goal of York's past and the present Local Transport Plans, to hold down peak levels of demand for private car use. I already said that:- "we can see, from his own reports, that during his time a chair on all things transport (since 2006) we have had up to 48% increases in pollution with no increases in the volume of traffic brought about by sustained relentless harassment and bullying of resident drivers to encourage modal change." You did not need to repeat it PP. strangebuttrue?
  • Score: 2

5:10pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Richard Catton says...

Of course, how stupid.
We've all been pointing the finger at completely the wrong people.
Four more years for Alexander and Merrett, says this enlightened York resident!
Of course, how stupid. We've all been pointing the finger at completely the wrong people. Four more years for Alexander and Merrett, says this enlightened York resident! Richard Catton
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