by Garth Harkness on 2 December, 2020
Labour support, Conservatives condemn as ‘c**p’
Experimental orders for Delph and Dobcross are being introduced like the recent order in Uppermill
Excitingly, the victory in gaining 20mph speed limits in Dobcross and Delph has proved to be only the beginning. The Liberal Democrats pressed at November’s full council meeting (after this Focus went to press) for a presumption in favour of 20mph for residential streets across the whole borough and were delighted to win the Labour group’s support this time.
Sadly, the Conservatives struck a bewilderingly sour note in an evening of constructive – and well-scrutinised – proposals to protect and help residents. The Conservative leader Councillor John Hudson described the proposal as ‘talking c**p’ before his group went on to abstain in the vote.
Councillor Garth Harkness said: “I am delighted. In Saddleworth, this decision in principle will hopefully enable quicker progress to protect residents in all our villages. Across the borough it will save lives and prevent hundreds of injuries. I have been proud to support residents’ groups who have worked so hard to demonstrate local commitment to road safety.”
Parish Councillor Kevin Dawson added: “Like Garth, I am delighted. Road safety is undoubtedly the top issue that residents in Delph and Denshaw raise with us.”
Garth has been at the forefront of this campaign since the Liberal Democrats first raised it in 2014. In 2019 he proposed a motion to council and this time spoke powerfully in support.
“Persistence has paid off”, he said. “Maybe it also reflects how recent months have brought home to us all how precious the lives and health of family and friends are to us.”
Council November 4, 2020 – Notice of Opposition Business – 20’s Plenty in 2020
This Council notes that:
This Council recognises that:
This Council therefore resolves to: