Delaying roadworks would only add to confusion

Date: Monday 26th February 2018

Sir, As the county councillor for Orton and Tebay I feel duty bound to respond to the letter from Neil Hughes, who for some reason tried to make political capital out of the impending closure of the B6261. I am unclear what his motive was in doing that.

No-one disputes the fact that the roadworks are necessary and the highways team has devised a scheme that is cost effective and will lead to minimal disruption. Some inconvenience is inevitable but the road will only be closed for five days.

The local committee met on 9th February and Mr Hughes criticised the network manager without offering an alternative proposal.

The network manager explained that all the necessary consultations had taken place and the advanced warning signs had been put in place. Any delay at this late stage would lead to added confusion, additional expense and possible loss of the scheme altogether.

Every option had already been considered and this was the only workable solution given the legal constraints placed on the council.

Members considered the points made by Mr Hughes but felt that, on balance, the work should go ahead and voted accordingly. The decision was taken on purely practical grounds. To act in any other way would have been childish and irresponsible. Yours etc,


(Cumbria county councillor for Kirkby Stephen)

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