Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Lib Dems Welcome Return Of Power On Transport Decisions


A move which will give back the power on transport decisions to the people in the towns and cities affected instead of allowing them to be made centrally at Shire Hall has been welcomed by Cambridgeshire Liberal Democrats.

They said the decision was good news for the travelling public after the county’s Joint Area Traffic Management Committees were reinstated yesterday (Tuesday, May 21) by Cambridgeshire County Council.

The committees, which give local councillors the opportunities to discuss and decide on transport issues in their areas, were axed when the Tories ruled Cambridgeshire County Council.

But following the recent election when Tories lost overall control of the council, the joint committees are to be reinstated for those areas which want them.

The move has been welcomed by Lib Dems Ian Manning and Amanda Taylor who share the group’s portfolio for resources.

Cllr Taylor, who spoke at the beginning of the debate, said: “This decision is good news for Cambridge and for the travelling public.

“In Cambridge, we have had a situation where crucial decisions on transport and traffic management have been left to Conservative councillors from the villages of the county. They are unfamiliar with our roads and traffic patterns, but worse still, the centralisation of decision-making has been holding up decisions. For example, the parking review in the south of Cambridge has been in limbo for the past six months.

“Now those decisions can be made by the councillors who have been elected to represent the people and understand the issues and there will be more opportunities for the pubic to contribute.”

Cllr Manning added: “I am delighted that we will be able to reinstate the joint committees. Transport issues affect everyone in a town or city and it is so important to get them right; but we cannot do that unless people have good local knowledge.

"The single most important reason for this change is that decisions affecting local people should be made in front of those local people, in public."