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Plan set in stone

ON September 4 I attended a meeting at the Coleview Community Centre regarding the plans for Oxford Road and the potential increase in traffic due in part to the Eastern Villages Expansion.

What a fiasco this turned out to be. The people from the council were 45 minutes late. This in turn left those wishing to attend the meeting standing around outside not knowing what was happening.

Then the meeting itself. It was pretty soon obvious that all the plans were made and virtually written in letters of stone.

It would appear, to me that turning Oxford Road into a four- lane road would make it extremely difficult for people living in Oxford road to get out of their driveways most of the time. This due to the amount of traffic that currently uses Oxford Road. Reversing out of one’s driveway would to say the least be precarious if not positively dangerous because the verge would disappear and they would be reversing directly onto a very busy thoroughfare.

Then the public addressed the problem with the Greenbridge Roundabout, which is not really fit for purpose. This fact is born out by the number of traffic light that have been installed on it over its short lifespan, theoretically to assist traffic flow. Most thought a larger and updated version of the Magic Roundabout would have been installed there. No this was negated by the road planning group. The idea of a roundabout is to keep traffic moving.

The Greenbridge Roundabout does not do this, even with traffic lights. Plus the fact that the “lanes” here do not clearly direct you to where you want to go to.

My feelings are they missed a golden opportunity here to develop a better version of the Magic Roundabout that would allow the traffic to move more freely, thus to some extent relieving the bottleneck in Oxford Road.

It wont cure the silly idea for Oxford Road as it currently stands. But it would alleviate another potential problem. But it’s all a waste of time, The road planning traffic group think their idea is the only system to be considered.

David Collins, Blake Crescent

Sovereign rights ignored

Bob Pixton provides us with a typical distorted account which is peddled by fanatical Europhiles (SA, September 5).

He says, “Some MPs will be in a difficult position. Imagine representing a constituency that voted to remain and your leader is threatening to deselect you if you don’t vote leave in Parliament. What should they do?” What he fails to say is that the majority of constituencies voted to leave, but numerous MPs who represent those constituencies are Remainers.

He conveniently fails to mention that Parliament is not obeying the sovereign rights of the people by failing to implement the democratic decision to take us out of the EU.

Many of these Remain MPs know only too well that their chances of being re-elected in a general election is extremely slim. Hence, we have the ridiculous situation where a Labour opposition party is keeping a minority Conservative government in power.

EU fanatics went into meltdown over Boris Johnson’s five day prorogation of parliament. They called it a coup but it is parliament that has been operating a coup against a democratic decision taken by the people.

The debate now is no longer about Brexit, its about democracy. If people vote not knowing whether an electoral victory is likely to be stolen from them then democracy becomes meaningless. The decision of the Brexit referendum to leave the EU must be implemented. Those who are determined to prevent Brexit are not the champions of democracy.

Kenneth Kane, Wharf Road

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