COUNCIL VOTES TO ENDORSE ST MARY’S JUNCTION IMPROVEMENT WORKS

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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.

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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.

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Joe Bloggs
Joe Bloggs
1 year ago

This scheme is a complete waste of money designed by desk drivers. Just use all the available land to increase the size of the existing roundabout so that all roads can come out onto it rather than on to a road that comes off it.

JHVF
JHVF
1 year ago

Sounds like a sneaky move

Bill payer
Bill payer
Reply to  JHVF
1 year ago

Maybe someone should check all there bank accounts ..there are definitely backhanders going on here..if u saw all the money that island roads waste every month on service repairs or upgrading you would fall over..!!!!..including the amount of themoney used from the pfi just on new vehicles they say they need…crown park did a better job at a fraction of the cost..jumped up freemason idiots..havent got a brain cell in there heads!!!!!..free the iow!!!!!.

Eyes wide shut
Eyes wide shut
Reply to  JHVF
1 year ago

Sounds like the price is right!

Annie
Annie
1 year ago

If it’s going ahead Newport will grind to a holt on a daily basis and the usual case this council and diabolical island roads have looked at it on paper but in reality it will probably a complete b*lls up as usual. And for the next year it will have an impact on every point into newport and from all directions. People will short cuts where ever they can. If this is going ahead what the council need to do to keep things from backing up from coppins bridge and by God it will! Is “TURN THE TRAFFIC LIGHTS OFF” and just keep the crossing for safety. if as been proven over and over that when the lights at coppins bridge fail/or are off everything flows freely no jams no accidents it’s something they really really seriously need to consider.

Eyes wide shut
Eyes wide shut
Reply to  Annie
1 year ago

“Grinds to a halt on a daily basis” no change there then Annie, I live in Newport walking around choking on fumes, dodging traffic. Wonderful place!

Steve Brown
Steve Brown
Reply to  Annie
1 year ago

We’ve been saying the same thing for years. Include the Hare and Hounds light in that too.

Barry Chantler
Barry Chantler
1 year ago

Why are all of our so called councillors like sheep none or few have the kahooners to stand & be counted shame full bunch.
Why not have a public vote on this ,because I’m sure not many would vote for it.
About time this lily livered bunch was voted out & get someone to replace them who have the council tax payers & Island future in mind!

Daemy
Daemy
Reply to  Barry Chantler
1 year ago

That seems to be a requirement of the current Conservative party, whether MPs or Councillors,… toe the party line, no matter what the consequences for residents (or the country)

I wonder if the councillors were threatened with being evicted from the party if they voted against ?

Grumpy Old Git
Grumpy Old Git
Reply to  Barry Chantler
1 year ago

What is the point in having a public vote on it, because it only takes one w*n*er to object in court and then you will get three years of arguing. What is the point of calling this country a democracy?

Eyes wide shut
Eyes wide shut
Reply to  Grumpy Old Git
1 year ago

Love you Grumpy……my thoughts exactly

Daemy
Daemy
Reply to  Grumpy Old Git
1 year ago

yeah, but the three years of arguing are nothing to do with the court case,.. just the result of blatantly lying politicians!.

Steve Brown
Steve Brown
1 year ago

I can’t believe that our useless council have decided, in their lack of wisdom, that the best solution for traffic delays is more traffic lights. Do none of them drive? Have they not seen how well the traffic flows, and without incident, around Coppins bridge when the traffic lights arent operating. Also, have they never been stuck for ages approaching the Hare and Hounds lights.It was fine before they were installed!! No more xx**!!? traffic lights please!

hedger
hedger
1 year ago

Well it paves the way to the full redevelopemnt of the prison complex.It is nocible that the majority of councilors do not in favour do not represent the area what are the benifits that out wieght not developing it.

Joanne
Joanne
1 year ago

Some one gonna gain a shit load out of that job but it defo won’t be to the island benefit and defo not the commuters but will still go ahead

JohnR
JohnR
1 year ago

Behind Closed Doors; Expert External Advice; Cabinet Decision, need any more be said!

Kai Wacker
Kai Wacker
1 year ago

There is nothing wrong with the B&Q Roundabout, so why waste money on that rather than putting the latest (ASDA) roundabout right? 2 1/2 lanes into 2 lanes and then into 1 Lane only? WTF? ( pardon my swearing)

none given
none given
Reply to  Kai Wacker
1 year ago

The ASDA roundabout is a joke

Duane Cardell
Duane Cardell
1 year ago

It’s only going ahead so councillors and contractors get their back handers… SCUMBAGS.!

Duane Cardell
Duane Cardell
1 year ago

Everyone should Block the duel carrage way and roundabout with cars as a protest…. The public need to stop being so bloody soft as it’s tax payers money being pissed away….

Fred
Fred
1 year ago

More council waffle!
The council do whatever they want with no consideration to what us the council tax payers think.
The best thing when next available time vote these not fit for nothing idiots out, get someone who is passionate about the people & the Islands future as they don’t care except for themselves

Tim C
Tim C
1 year ago

Use the money to put a bridge over the medina. Newport traffic sorted. Simple.

Quayman
Quayman
Reply to  Tim C
1 year ago

That is common sense and has been promoted since the 1970’s. With all the money wasted on the Floating Bridge it would have paid for a fixed link across the Medina even if we had to pay a toll to use it the amount of fuel saved would more than cover it. Where are a lot of major employers North of Newport.
Also is this all part of the major plan, to get the Island as a whole with a maximum speed limit of 40 mph.

Jon
Jon
1 year ago

Just proves that the council like our Mps don’t listen. Don’t want to listen and we have to put up with the rubbish that this will leave us with.
A bridge across the media is all that we need.
Lose the floating.. Non working..

Lee
Lee
1 year ago

The lights are on in county hall but unfortunately there’s nobody home?! What the heck is their thinking an absolute waste of Taxpayers money on trying to fix something that’s not broken. I feel once again the public’s voice isn’t being heard? Perhaps we all should lay down in front of the bulldozers until someone in county hall comes up with a good explanation as to why and how?!

Terry
Terry
1 year ago

The selected few deciding what is best for us, the electorate, and we are definitely not those benefitting from these decisions. Only one way , vote them out. Oh and no Freemasons to be elected.

Cllr Adrian Whittaker
Cllr Adrian Whittaker
1 year ago

Whilst this will cause major disruption during works I personally think this will positive long term future benefits for our island.

none given
none given
Reply to  Cllr Adrian Whittaker
1 year ago

Have you not read the posts ?sort out Coppins bridge and leave St Marys alone, it works unlike Coppins Bridge !

Fed up with the Council
Fed up with the Council
Reply to  Cllr Adrian Whittaker
1 year ago

Have you seen the posts on here? Forget the St Mary’s roundabout, sort out Coppins Bridge because that’s where the problem really is. But if as I suspect you and your mates will ignore us all, don’t come knocking my door when you are up for re-election, you may ignore us now but we will remember you at the Ballot box

Jonny
Jonny
Reply to  Cllr Adrian Whittaker
1 year ago

A councillor who neither understands grammar or how to write a sentence….

Joe Blogs
Joe Blogs
1 year ago

What benefits?

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