Isle of Wight councillors last night (Wednesday) unexpectedly endorsed works due to be carried out at St Mary’s Junction in Newport, despite a dedicated meeting about the controversial scheme being held next week.
The Full Council endorsed an amendment to a motion put forward by Councillor Chirs Whitehouse claiming that the benefits of the scheme will outweigh any disruption.
The amendment, without notice, was made to a motion purportedly about the 2000 Local Government Act and its impact on the Isle of Wight. It was allowed for debate by the Council Chairman, Cllr George Cameron, despite claims from the opposition that it was unrelated to the motion.
After a relatively short debate on being put to a named vote, the motion was approved by 18 votes to 14. The 18 votes in favour were all the members of the ruling Conservative group present, except for Cllr Matthew Price (Newport North) and Councillor Brian Tyndall (abstained). The 14 against were Cllr Price and all 13 opposition members present.
An opposition call to abandon the St Mary’s works until Coppins Bridge has had improvement works is still to be debated next week.