Labour Council reject Lib Dem calls to listen to the public on cycle changes

The Lib Dems have spoken out after the ruling Labour group on Hull City Council blocked efforts to listen to local residents over changes to the city's road network.    

At Thursday's full council meeting, Lib Dem Councillors united in demanding better of the Labour Council, calling for them to take into account the views of local residents.

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During the summer the Lib Dems locally ran a survey asking the public their views on bus lane extension & cycle lane changes. This saw over 1,500 responses from local residents.

Cllr Ryan Langley, the Deputy Leader of the Hull City Council Lib Dem Group said:

"The council has to get these changes right. We believe local residents should be involved in this, playing their part in the changes. The issue is clear, this Council have not listened to residents and they prove it time and time again. They decided not to talk to the public and ended up grid-locking the city and won't take responsibility for it.

"We don't want to hear excuses on this anymore from the Labour Council. It is clear there are many ways to engage with the public, even during the current restrictions, as other councils have managed it on this very issue. 

"Cycle improvements something Lib Dems such as myself have been calling for for some time. We want to have better cycling infrastructure in Hull. But, the way some of these changes have happened suddenly without talking to local residents, is nothing short of a disgrace."


Cllr Paul Drake-Davis, himself a keen cyclist, Lib Dem Councillor for Beverley & Newland Ward, said:

"When you make a change meant to support cyclists but the cyclists themselves are raising concerns about the dangers some of the changes put them in, then clearly something has gone wrong - we think it went wrong when they didn't engage with the public before making these changes.

"All this could have been avoided and the PR battle they're in now mitigated, if they utilised the offer of free market leading web based public consultancy tools or had even set up a 'Cycle Forum' like other councils have done on the back of our cycling motion passed at Full Council in January 2019. This would have allowed for input from cyclists and drivers to point out any design flaws or potential pitfalls so that schemes could be quickly revised before they are implemented. Remember many cyclists are also motorists."

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