Helston traffic meeting snub 'outrageous'
11:30am Monday 4th March 2013 in News
A perceived snub over their request for a public meeting has been described as “outrageous” and “utterly bonkers” by Helston Town Council.
It is after the council wrote to Peter Tatlow, network manager (west) at Cormac Solutions, which deals with traffic and transport on behalf of Cornwall Council, asking for a public meeting about concerns over Penhellaz Hill.
Residents believe the road is dangerous and overused by heavy goods vehicles, which they feel should be diverted through the town – or the hill be closed to traffic altogether.
The history of this debate can be found online at thepacket.co.uk In his reply to the council Mr Tatlow said that he had spoken to Rebecca Lyle, in the strategic transport section, who believed that as a public consultation was “imminent” as part of a wider “transport strategy” for the town an extra meeting was unnecessary.
Mr Tatlow added: “I have to say that I agree with that stance because I don’t believe that another meeting is going to tell us any more than we already know about the situation with rat-running traffic along Cross Street.”
Councillor Niall Devenish said he was “quite frankly amazed” at the response, saying it appeared Mr Tatlow was suggesting “because we are about to have a public consultation we don’t want to have a public meeting.”
He added: “This is probably one of the most ridiculous Cornwall Council letters that I have read in my life. It’s absolutely and utterly bonkers.”
Mayor Jonathan Radford-Gaby said it was not about what Cornwall Council wanted but the residents, adding: “I just think this manner is absolutely outrageous.”
Councillor Sue Swift proposed that the council write re-iterating its request for a public meeting with the residents of Cross Street and wishing the unitary authority’s officers attend.
Mr Devenish added that the town should ask for the meeting to be included as part of the wider public consultation and asked that Helston’s Cornwall Councillors “put pressure” on officers to ensure the meeting went ahead at the earliest opportunity.
This was agreed unanimously by members.