County Councillor Susan Davey Kickstarts Public Safety Debate about Cowpen Road
At January's Northumberland County Council Joint Streetcare, Infrastructure and Culture working group, Councillor Susan Davey (Cowpen Ward) , opened up the debate on the traffic and safety problems for drivers, pedestrians and the families that have beset the communities of the town of Blyth for the last 20years.
She asked the Chairperson of the meeting Councillor Gordon Castle to ensure that the information from the pollution recorder situated beside the entrance to Coniston Road is brought to the next meeting of the working group and that comparative data from an area where traffic flowed freely should also be produced and presented to the committee, she also asked that the traffic flow figures for Morpeth both whilst the Traffic Lights on the Telford Bridge were operational and since they were removed.
Councillor Mrs Susan Davey said: "Recently the County Council were refused pinch point finance for a Cowpen Road bypass by the current coalition Government they have completely ignored the plight of the people of this area. Almost 20 year ago a mini roundabout at the junction of Cowpen Road and Coniston Road was replaced with a traffic light system on the demands of a local Transport Company, that company then left the Town and rebased in the Sunderland Area leaving the people of Cowpen and Kitty Brewster with a dreadful problem. Quite often the traffic is queued from the lights back down the slip road onto the A189. I have seen the improvements removing the traffic lights has brought to Morpeth and I'm determined to open up the debate about road traffic improvements on behalf of our communities. The Government may have forced us to lose £130M from our budgets but by engaging local people I'm sure a cost effective solution by losing the lights and opening up our highway network can be found."