Don’t bring politics into the lights issue

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LAST week’s Herald touched on a topic central to events in the town – recent repeated examples of politics taking precedence over the needs and opinions of townspeople.

It is now clear that even hardened politicians like Coun Tebbutt have actually got some sort of conscience, but equally evident that they have no difficulty in suppressing it when political expediency demands.

There can be little doubt that others do the same.

On the other hand, there are those, Coun Lindley for example, who are prepared to present and support a well-reasoned argument and risk political exclusion for their views. What sort of people do Morpethians want to have as their representatives? Only time will tell. Personally, I want to make it clear once and for all that politics has no place in the Lights Out campaign. It is about public safety and local commerce.

The lights are a potential threat to the safety of pedestrians and motorists alike.

Closure of the Chantry Foot Bridge makes this an even more critical issue, bringing as it does these two ingredients for disaster that bit closer together.The queues they cause produce continuing resentment and frustration in motorists and are actually changing the trading profile of the town.

None of this is good and further delays in finding a sensible resolution do nothing to help.

I sincerely believe that Northumberland County Council (NCC) should do two things simultaneously:

1) Get the review process under way without further delay.

2) Remove the lights and reinstate the roundabout for a period of two-three months, across one of the potentially busiest times of year coinciding with potentially some of the worst weather.

This does a number of things, it gives NCC the best possible chance to prove Lights Out wrong in its assertions (which we are not) and protects them from being sued for the already identified risks that they have created by installing traffic lights at this junction.

It’s all taking far too long.

For the sake of good order, my name and affiliation is published below.


Lights Out Committee Member