Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Gilgal Fiasco

A letter just sent to the Shuttle:

From the hastily produced and distributed leaflet I'm sure all Stourport residents are aware of the plans to shut-down Gilgal for five weeks. The brochure repeatedly "hopes" that we "understand" the need for this. With that in mind I'd like to pose a question - Do you believe an authority that claims its goal is to minimise disruption to us when said authority originally scheduled works to coincide with our town's annual carnival?

Now the works have been pushed back, but still we're asked for our patience and understanding. I'm sorry but I not going to give them that without a lot more information than they've provided. We're assured that Gilgal will remain open for emergency access as well as to the residents, but are asked to take it on faith that this is "different to normal vehicle access". So I'll ask another question - Why can't one lane of Gilgal remain open with a vastly reduced speed limit and larger vehicles diverted through the already planned diversions?

Of course I won't be able to get a face-to-face answer until the first two weeks of September when the customer service mobile unit rolls into town, by which time it'll be deemed too late to alter the plans being imposed upon us.

FlipC, Stourport