Where is Lancashire County Councillor Susie Charles? Why won’t she respond to our query? Is failing to respond to communications an acceptable role for our elected representatives?
Dynamo have heard from Cllr Charles’ colleagues, Chris Coates and Joan Jackson, about their views on increasing cycling provision on the A6 through their constituencies. We’d love to hear from Susie Charles about her views concerning her area of representation.
The A6 is the major road through Lancaster. It divides the residential areas of the city in half, and is a major access point to one of the area’s largest employers: Lancaster University, as well as various other businesses including supermarkets. This route also carries wagons heading towards Heysham ferry port, and is a major access point to Morecambe from the south. With new developments planned for both supermarkets and the university this busy route is set to become busier.
When Lancashire County Council contracted Jacobs Engineering to examine possible re-engineering to the A6 between Galgate and Lancaster city centre, Dynamo were shocked to see the lack of cycling consultation occurring for this key route. We have since been contacting key stakeholders and representatives of various institutions associated with this engineering.
At the moment cycles are recommended to take routes that keep them away from the A6. However these routes are longer, hillier, and themselves have large motor vehicle traffic meaning that they also put people off cycling. They also offer no support to people who actually live by the A6. Dynamo think this re-engineering would be an excellent time to incorporate cycle facilities along the A6 route itself.
On the blog are communications we have had with various companies and individuals (Jacobs, Lancashire County Cllr Coates, a protracted exchange with Lancashire County Cllr Jackson, and the university travel and environment co-ordinator Phil Longton).