Monday, April 02, 2007

Lib Dems U turn for aggressive Car lobby

Lib Dems do a U turn

Listening to residents’ views on parking: Cllr. Ed Bridges and Cllr. Cathy Pearcy want a workable solution to Gabalfa’s parking congestion problems.
The only working solution is CPZs. Have you listened to the elderly, disabled people, pedestrains and others who don't get as much coverage in the newspapers?

What other options to address parking congestion would be acceptable to the pro car anacharists lobby? None, I'll bet.

The original consultation showed a majority of residents backed the scheme. How is this no longer the case?
One man Michael Loveday, dedication to ridding the streets of cars and handing power back to pedestrians appears to be working wonders
Chris Arnot Wednesday March 14, 2007 The Guardian

Plans for Cardiff council to take over enforcement of parking controls from the police must carry on if the capital is to kept moving. That is the claim of Cardiff Bus' managing director David Brown recently. Mr Brown believes the abandonment of controlled parking zones should not stop a city-wide 'decriminalised' scheme because it could lead to anarchy as motorists continue to ignore traffic regulations.
Mr Brown went on: 'I don't think the benefits of CPZs were fully understood. That decision has now been taken so we have to move on. 'But there is still clearly unanimous support for enforcement of parking controls and tackling illegal parking.
'That will benefit residents but also the bus company because discourteous drivers parking at junctions or on double yellow lines do slow buses through traffic.

See also Living Streets
Manual for Streets article speaks up for pedestrians

Living Streets on the Manual for Streets is launched, Tom Franklin, Chief Executive of Living Streets, has written a feature for Surveyor magazine on the positive implications of the Manual, and where more could be done.

Guiding Steps to free up the streets
'For decades, our streets have been designed around the needs of cars rather than people. But over the past few years, the excuses for doing so have been running low. Local authorities have come to see the benefits of more people-friendly streets - for communities, the environment and the local economy.'