Sunday 13 January 2013

Clifton EPZ -councillors vote

Following on from Barbara Janke's superb victory over the cyclist trying to catch her out on the small detail that the Expanded-Parking-Zone is at odds with the council's strategic walking and cycling goals, the meeting came to a vote by the four councillors.

The two Clifton councillors voted -as we hoped- for the extra parking spaces.

Not so loyal were the Cabot Ward councillors, Mark Wright and Alex Woodman.

Alex Woodman voted against this precisely because of the blatant conflict between the council's anti-motoring policy and this pro-parking plan.

Mark Wright? He said it was clearly in conflict, but to respect this Neighbourhood Planning concept, he was going to accept what the locals wanted, and vote for it.

a 3:1 majority was enough to get it through -but it was worrying that two councillors owned up to the fact that the plan -resolving our local parking issues with more spaces- were at odds with the strategic goals of the council. That sets a very bad precedent for the rest of the city.

As for the cyclists, they need to respect  the reality on the ground.

This is why it is so critical for everyone to write in and praise the Clifton Expanded Parking Zone plans.

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