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Council lowered road’s speed limit despite ‘valid’ objections

01 Dec 2023 2 minute read
The A468 north of Newport. Photo via Google

Nicholas Thomas, local democracy reporter

A local authority pressed ahead with cutting the speed limit of a major road despite receiving more than two dozen “valid” objections following a consultation.

Newport City councillor councillor John Jones asked the council what happened following a public consultation on the plans to slash the limit from 60mph to 50mph on the A468.

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“The plans went out to consultation with a closing date of November 2 [2022],” Cllr Jones said. “I would be interested in learning of the report and what action has the cabinet member completed since.”

In response, cabinet member for infrastructure Laura Lacey said the council had already taken the decision to lower the speed limit and expected that would have been brought into force by mid-November 2023.

She confirmed the council had received “26 valid objections that required considering by officers” during the consultation process.

Then, on June 15 this year, Cllr Lacey said he “took the decision, following consideration of all objections, to proceed with the making of a Traffic Regulation Order as per the original consultation”.

“This report was shared with members at the time”, she explained, adding that “on completion of the legal process… it is anticipated that the council will be in a position to introduce the speed limit changes mid-November 2023.”


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Peter
Peter
2 months ago

Unfortunately, it would appear that some people still expect that our left wing run local authorities and Welsh Government, believe in democracy.

Linda Jones
Linda Jones
2 months ago
Reply to  Peter

I wouldn’t call Welsh councils or government ‘left wing’. Autocratic rule? A Labour feifdom? I woukd say yes to both of those. Welsh democracy is corrupted unfortunately

Why vote
Why vote
2 months ago

Bullyboy tactics again and again, what is the point of any government/ Council consultation/ pettition of any kind they ride roughshod over the people who voted for them, the outcome of the 30mph pettition is already decided with 4 months still to go, its politics by fear “its better for us, its safer for us, we don’t know how to behave or live and need government to tell us how to live properly ” .

Linda Jones
Linda Jones
2 months ago

Typical council consultation process, the decision is made before the public consultation begins. Such arrogance of the ‘we know best’ variety. In so doing they are killing democracy by a thousand cuts.

Robert Rainford
Robert Rainford
2 months ago
Reply to  Linda Jones

Use your vote at the next election.

Roland
Roland
2 months ago

Robert A song that says it all I Don’t Trust You Anymore Hugh.Rolands on YouTube

Fred
Fred
2 months ago
Reply to  Linda Jones

Exactly the same….this country is full of local dictators…no public representation.

Roland
Roland
2 months ago
Reply to  Linda Jones

Linda A song you might like that says what we think YouTube. I Don’t Trust You Anymore Hugh Rolands

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