Category Archives: Roads

Pavement Parking – YOU can make sure it’s over!

Pavement parking benefits nobody but the parker, who gains a few seconds of their time which is clearly more valuable than anyone else’s.

Pavement parking: its selfish, its antisocial, it discriminates against so many people, and causes difficulties to their lives.

But sadly – except in London – its not illegal.

But now it can be.

Fill in the Government’s Consultation: Pavement Parking – options for change. I’ve filled it in as Woodbridge County Councillor but this is a case of the more responses the better. There is just one week left: the consultation finishes on 22 November.

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/managing-pavement-parking/pavement-parking-options-for-change

PS I have gone for Option 3: NO parking on the pavement (except for necessary exceptions they list: ambulances, fire engines, etc )

Your voice matters! It doesn’t take very long.

And your voice might be the one that nakes the difference.

Woodbridge: What’s been happening – July

More roads, less buses, millions wasted on consultants and residents deprived of vital services  for want of a  hundred thousand or so – despite declaring a climate emergency, County’s strangely dual attitude to money and transport continues this month..

Suffolk County Council announces funding cuts to subsidised bus routes   Suffolk County Council has announced that 23 subsidised bus routes will no longer receive funding from the council, in a bid to save £340,000. This means that over a third of subsidised bus routes in the county will lose their funding. This will include the early morning 71 we can take from Woodbridge  to Ipswich to get us there in time for work/college.

The decision to cut £340,000 from the subsidised buses budget was made in February, when the Council agreed on the budget for the current financial year. I spoke against this cut at the time, as well as other cuts that will affect bus users such as the decision to no longer print bus timetables. It seems that  not everybody listened. Continue reading Woodbridge: What’s been happening – July

What’s been happening, May to June 2019

Concerns about Kier – Suffolk’s Highways Maintenance Contractor    After Kier shares tumbled 41% last week concerns have been raised about the longterm viability of Suffolk’s outsourced Highways Maintenance department, whose share  value is now down 85% over the last year.

As you may remember, the Council’s Conservative administration outsourced its entire roads maintenance team to Kier in a five year contract back in 2013, maintaining, despite opposition concerns ,that the private sector could do the same work more efficiently for less money. Despite significant continuing problems with the contract, they renewed it early, in 2015, for another five years. Continue reading What’s been happening, May to June 2019