Taw Vale issue has been 'politicised'

SIR - I have seen the correspondence and articles on Taw Vale. It is disappointing that certain parties have tried hard to politicise this issue (contradicting this, but we understood our MP had written to the DCC about it as well and so now has the D

SIR - I have seen the correspondence and articles on Taw Vale. It is disappointing that certain parties have tried hard to 'politicise' this issue (contradicting this, but we understood our MP had written to the DCC about it as well and so now has the District Council leader). Indeed, in this latest news, there has been an endeavour to discredit both Cllr Simon Harvey and my own campaigning on these issues which, as far as I am concerned, have nothing at all to do with political parties but instead arrogance versus common sense. The comments from people who speak to me about Taw Vale differ in interpretation from some of those shared by 'the other side'. 3. Taw Vale is not a pedestrian area. Vehicles can still travel in both directions at any time and buses and taxis can turn either way on to the Square, whether dangerous on the Square, congesting it or not.4. Taw Vale has one of the widest pavements anywhere. There is no need for a further vehicle-free road. People have enjoyed jogging, cycling and walking along the river front ever since the river wall was built.5. Reopening the Square junction to traffic to join the road from Taw Vale will not create traffic jams on Taw Vale. It has been conveniently forgotten that previous traffic jams and 'rat-runs' existed because there was no new bridge. We now have a beautiful and efficient bridge! Why on earth would anyone now opt to leave the inner by-pass, come along traffic-impeded Victoria Road and then go along Taw Vale to access the old bridge when they have nice, uncongested and wide roads to take them past the Bus Station and Belle Meadow Road instead? Don't forget either that most through-traffic to Braunton, etc, now takes the Link Road and the new bridge without touching the town.Come on, be brave enough to admit when you're wrong and also, be brave enough to say 'let's try it and see' and if then there are unforeseen problems by reopening the Square junction to all traffic, it can be revisited the following year. Otherwise (and I am sorry to say it) but the approach smacks of the same arrogance of recent 'you will have it because we say so' as we have experienced over "The stones", closing our care homes, knocking down the Civic Centre, foisting a unitary Devon Council upon us...On top of this, the absolute lack of compassion shown by certain people for the businesses which are suffering as a result of the road changes is disgraceful. So please, less misinformation and smoke screens and do more of the listening and admitting when you are wrong. That isn't asking too much of any politician. The traffic is much, much better since our wonderful new bridge but that detracts nothing from the arguments above. Regardless, I believe that in June the electorate may well remember certain politicians' arrogance over all these issues and, whatever the colour, it is a shame if it comes to this because the good things which they might have done in the past are blighted by their clear message of 'not listening'. It must be time for a change.Philip J Milton,Prospective Conservative Parliamentary candidate for North Devon.


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