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Cardiff Liberal Democrats

Labour rule out consultation on Gabalfa Interchange

September 26, 2013 7:41 PM
Cllr. Ed Bridges and Eluned Parrott AM by Gabalfa Interchange

Local Lib Dems, Eluned Parrott and Ed Bridges, want to see the views of the public considered on the Gabalfa Interchange trial safety scheme.

Residents, motorists and commuters in Cardiff will be appalled to hear that Cardiff's Labour Council is determined to push ahead with controversial plans for Gabalfa Interchange, despite serious question marks over public support for the scheme.

The council has spent £70,000 on a trial road safety scheme at the busy roundabout - yet despite a large number of people expressing concern over the scheme, the Cabinet Member responsible has indicated the council will push ahead and make the scheme permanent without a public consultation.

An online poll of over 500 people currently suggests that around 80% of people believe the council should go back to the drawing board - compared to only 20% who want the scheme made permanent. There has also been a lot of concern raised on social media platforms by people frustrated by the new layout.

Cllr. Ed Bridges, Lib Dem councillor for Gabalfa, raised the issue at a recent council meeting, and was told that 211 comments had been received and - in the words of the Labour Cabinet Member - "most people are in favour of the scheme, and traffic is moving fairly efficiently through there".

Ed said: "I cannot see how the council can push ahead and make this scheme permanent on the basis of 211 comments, when over 500 have taken part in the online poll showing a strong consensus against the changes. There has to be a full public consultation with motorists, commuters and local residents before the council can even think of making this scheme permanent. If the council can demonstrate public support, I'll be right behind them - but to rush into a decision without the backing of the public is lunacy."

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