Don’t ignore our legitimate concerns
THE recent comments of Councillor Dominic Gilham that there are no issues with Swan Road in West Drayton are arrogant and hypocritical (Gazette, February 17).
His argument that the average speed recorded on Swan Road was 28mph and thus no action should be taken is disrespectful to residents.
The council has introduced traffic calming measures on many roads where speed was considerably lower than on Swan Road.
For example, a 20mph zone in Bellclose Road in West Drayton where the average speed was only 21mph with not a single accident recorded.
Nobody is stopping the council introducing measures on more roads than the petition had asked for – the more the better – and in fact the Green was included in the petition, but the petition should not be rejected for the reason that other roads were not included in the petition as Cllr Gilham suggests.
The volume of accidents and near misses should be the primary reason to act.
During the road safety petition hearing, the council had completely ignored the voices of 350 petitioners, local businesses, two councillors and the MP, in favour of Cllr Gilham who does not live on Swan Road or the Green.
The petition had also asked for pedestrian crossings as there is not a single one on Swan Road.
However, the Cllr Gilham was also against this initiative without any clear reason.
For a councillor not to work with residents is bad, but to be against them is even worse!
Cllr Gilham should continue delivering in milk and not in politics.