State of the town cen­tre again un­der the spot­light

Huddersfield Daily Examiner - - FRONT PAGE -

COUN­CIL­LORS have clashed over the best way for­ward for Hud­der­s­field town cen­tre.

And the con­tro­ver­sial bus gates were again un­der the spot­light with lead­ing coun­cil­lors un­der pres­sure to re­spond to claims that they had not lis­tened to the com­plaints.

Fol­low­ing a heated de­bate last year, it was agreed to launch a probe into the im­pact of the traf­fic en­force­ment cam­eras, known as bus gates, on shop­keep­ers.

The cross party group agreed to in­cor­po­rate it into a wider study into how to boost the town cen­tre’s for­tunes.

But, as re­ported, the probe has been slammed as a “white­wash” after it made no at­tempt to re­solve the re­ported prob­lems with trade suf­fered since the bus gates were in­stalled in early 2016.

Lib Dem, Clr An­drew March­ing­ton, said: “To be hon­est a lot of us thought this work­ing group was a way of push­ing the bus gates is­sue into the long grass.”

Bus gates cam­paigner, Alisa Devlin, said there was no ref­er­ence in the re­port to the 25 per cent drops in trade that 60 small busi­nesses had suf­fered.

She asked why all the small busi­nesses in town had not been asked to give ev­i­dence about the im­pact of bus gates.

No-one from the cabi­net seemed will­ing or able to an­swer her ques­tion.

After a pe­riod of ar­gu­ing among coun­cil­lors, Clr Ca­role Pat­ti­son, chair of the Town Cen­tre Work­ing Party agreed to an­swer.

She said: “There was no sug­ges­tion that we would com­mis­sion or un­der­take any sur­vey.”

Mrs Devlin ac­cused the coun­cil of

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