Archive for February, 2010

Pall Mall traffic calming in the news

Friday, February 26th, 2010

After its disastrous attack in November 08 upon road safety measures in residential areas The Leigh Times has again ventured into this territory. The paper was roundly condemned for its “Voice of Leigh” item just over a year ago for callously attacking speed cameras and traffic calming, despite the fact that these have saved the lives of many thousands of people, including over 500 children. Now they bemoan the introduction of speed bumps in Pall Mall, seeking to have them engineered to make them lower. Why? This was a notorious rat-run, immediately next to Leigh North Street Junior School. The only thing shocking about the speed bumps in Pall Mall is that the residents and school staff had to wait so long to see them installed.

New roads are not the answer

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

James Duddridge, MP for Southend East and Rochford, has told the Echo that the protesters currently encamped at Cuckoo Corner are “out of touch with the Town”. I’m afraid that Mr. Duddridge, not for the first time since he left Banking to become an MP, is not telling the truth. The majority of the Town have always been implacably opposed to the widening of Priory Crescent.

My Favourite Council

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

Many years ago, when Private Eye was in its infancy, a young writer named Paul Foot was a regular contributor. Quite often, his articles were about Southend Council and after a while he came to refer to them as “my favourite Council” because the scurrilous behaviour of Southend Council provided Foot with so much juicy material upon which to base his articles.