£40K for a 20mph zone no-one wants

September 28, 2012 3:36 PM

Residents of Longton, near Preston, Lancashire are unhappy about plans to create a 20mph zone in their village. Longton isn't an accident blackspot, yet despite this Lancashire County Councils plans to spend £40,000 creating the zone, and according to a council representative the scheme could see around 140 new signs erected in the village.

Joan Wignall, a parish councilor told the Lancashire Evening Post, "If it is a consultation they should be asking people if they want it. The council person more or less told us it was coming whether we liked it or not. How is that a consultation? Locals in Longton know the roads and police themselves, especially around school time, because they know what it’s like."

This is another example of a 'we must spend the budget' mentality still prevalent in the public sector. In private business you would be congratulated for saving money and not wasting it on unnecessary projects. It appears the opposite is true in Lancashire.Residents of Longton, near Preston, Lancashire are unhappy about plans to create a 20mph zone in their village. Longton isn't an accident blackspot, yet despite this Lancashire County Councils plans to spend £40,000 creating the zone, and according to a council representative the scheme could see around 140 new signs erected in the village.

Joan Wignall, a parish councilor told the Lancashire Evening Post, "If it is a consultation they should be asking people if they want it. The council person more or less told us it was coming whether we liked it or not. How is that a consultation? Locals in Longton know the roads and police themselves, especially around school time, because they know what it’s like."

This is another example of a 'we must spend the budget' mentality still prevalent in the public sector. In private business you would be congratulated for saving money and not wasting it on unnecessary projects. It appears the opposite is true in Lancashire.

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