Letter: Road rage

Date published: 27 October 2017

Dear Editor,

I am enraged about the daily occurrences of dangerous driving on our roads and more worryingly the reluctance of our elected council to do anything about it.

Excessive speed and the dangerous use of vehicles on our roads has become commonplace and it is high time our council did something about it.

There is no easy solution or silver bullet when it comes to addressing this but refusing to listen to community concerns is not the way to go.

At the last PACT meeting in Littleborough I asked for a single point of contact to be nominated for reporting incidents of dangerous driving, using a taxi driver as an example illustrates the current level of confusion, should people report incidents to Licensing, Highways or the Police. There is no clear line of responsibility here.

I was told Highways would be the single point of contact. A few days later I reported two incidents of dangerous driving I had witnessed only for Highways to write back suggesting I report it to the police at the next PACT meeting. If this wasn’t such a serious issue the response would be laughable.

Councillor Dearnley very kindly raised this on my behalf at the full council meeting earlier this month only for Councillor Emmott to suggest systems were in place and no intervention was necessary.

Well Councillor Emmett, systems are clearly not in place and if they are, they certainly don’t work.

I intend to stand for election in May 2018 and I have spent a significant amount of time listening to community concerns across the Wardle and West Littleborough Ward. From my experience the greatest community concern is without doubt the level of dangerous driving along the A58 from Wardle Road into Littleborough, followed by similar concerns about Wardle Road and Birch Road.

Of course if members of our community are unable to report and comment upon issues such as these, they will not be recorded and ultimately they will not exist in the eyes of our council.

Frankly, this is not good enough, people have the right to be heard, the Council has a duty to listen and a responsibility to take positive action. Public safety is paramount.

I said earlier there is no easy solution, that does not mean nothing can be done and it certainly does not mean this issue should be consigned to the 'too hard to do bin'.

I wonder when existing traffic calming measures along the A58 were last reviewed, when a speed awareness campaign was delivered or when offenders were last brought to justice.

There are lots of interventions that can be delivered they just need a determined effort and positive attitude towards delivering them.

This really could end up as a life and death situation and I for one am not prepared to stand by without trying to do something about it. Furthermore, I want to see our elected council adopt a similar approach.


John Taylor

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