Full Council last night, where easily the most impassioned question asked of me was by Tory Middleton St George Councillor Doris Jones regarding the traffic calming work the Council has undertaken around the re-built St Georges CE Primary School.
Doris read out email after email from a series of residents unhappy with the scheme. She asked me if I would have a site visit to look at the situation for myself?
I told her that firstly I would request a full breakdown of what consultation had been conducted regarding the proposals, and the responses the Council had received. I would expect that the school, the Parish Council, local residents in the immediate area and the local Councillors would have been consulted, and I want to know if that was followed through. I was happy to give Doris a commitment that I will meet her and a representative from the school once that information is to hand, hopefully in no more than 10 days time.
As it happens, I had been speaking with parents on Tuesday who send their children to the school - they told me that the traffic calming work, whilst effective, has led to a knock-on problem outside the local shop, where parents and children are now having difficulty crossing.
I intend to report to Councillors fully at the next Council meeting.