November 1, 2013 Leave a comment
When campaigning to get elected in Milton it soon became obvious that parking was a major headache in this busy town centre ward. I promised that if elected I would take action, certain that I could help, and equally certain that I could not make everyone happy.
I have been as good as my word and have been able to make changes, albeit mostly a collection of small improvements. I have made many suggestions, not all of which have been approved, and I think my persistent and regular inquiries and proposals has made others raise their game.
Parking schemes have been re-visited and changes have been made. Other schemes are being considered. Double yellow lines in many places have been trimmed. I have asked for pedestrian crossings, I have asked for at least one street to be made one-way, I have suggested the removal of a mini-roundabout. I have asked officers to look again at some of the single yellow line restrictions in some places with a view to lessening these. I have successfully championed getting visitor permits for all schemes in my ward.
We are not yet at parking paradise in Milton but I sincerely believe that it has got better in the last eighteen months. My job is a long way from finished though, and I will continue to listen to residents and attempt to find ways of improving the lot of car owners who live in, and visit, Milton ward.
It would be remiss of me to ignore the role played by other councillors, because I could not achieved any change without being able to persuade others to support me. Honourable mention should be made of the two Conservative councillors who share Milton ward with me: Maria Caunce and Jonathan Garston. Whilst they have not agreed with everything I wanted to do, they have supported me on a number of occasions, and I have been happy to endorse their suggestions when I have been convinced of their merit.