Adam Afriyie blasts Slough Borough Council for botched Brands Hill roadworks

Colnbrook Views understands that local MP Adam Afriyie MP is backing residents’ campaign for urgent changes to the botched road “improvements” at Brands Hill.

Adam Afriyie

Adam Afriyie has come to the aid of the Colnbrook Community Association in lambasting Slough Borough Council over the dangerous situation it has created at Brands Hill.

The changes have led to vehicles being forced into oncoming traffic to avoid stationary buses and parked cars because Council officials neglected to consult on parking restrictions before implementing the new layout. The findings of a road safety audit have been dismissed by Slough Borough Council, with may residents concluding that a fatality is only a matter of time.

The MP has written to the Council to demand action since the CCA’s request for a site meeting with residents was given the brush off. The Council has refused to meet residents, saying it has engaged with the Parish Council and already responded to residents’ concerns.

Meanwhile Parish councillor Scott Bryant has extended a further invite to SBC to attend its next meeting tomorrow. Council officials were unable to attend the last request, complaining of short notice. We understand the most recent invitation was made yesterday via the community messaging site Streetlife.

Streetlife has provided a platform for local venting against the ill thought out changes. Twenty or so residents have stubbornly kept up the pressure on Slough Borough Council, documenting an exhaustive list of near-misses, minor accidents and road rage amounting to well over two hundred posts. While SBC’s hapless go-between on Streetlife at least responds to residents and passes on complaints, officials won’t be moved. They insist measures waiting for months to be implemented – such as double yellow lines and moving the westbound bus stop – need to be given a chance.

The CCA is hoping the MP’s support will force the Council to announce a u-turn, as it has had to done with the Tuns Lane scheme.

The residents’ group is also mobilising a wider campaign to lobby SBC into taking action, despite the Council’s stubborn refusal to consider reinstating the bus lay-by’s on cost grounds:

“A petition has been arranged and will be circulated tomorrow to all those that the CCA are aware of who are interested in supporting the campaign, in order to obtain signatures.”

Colnbrook Views revealed last week that SBC had cut over £500,000 from its road maintenance budget for 2014-2015. That amounts to 40% of the scheduled maintenance and the Council itself has acknowledged that it will be storing up problems for future years.

The CCA has appealed for borough and parish councillors to help with the petition to demonstrate that it has “a high level of local support”.

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