At a meeting of Full Council last year, I stood up (once more) and raised my concerns about Gunthorpe Road, and asked ToryCouncillor Peter Hiller, Cabinet Member for Growth, Planning, Housing and Economic Development, the following question:
“I have been contacted by local residents about the issue of speeding along Gunthorpe Road. Could the relevant Cabinet Member tell me if:
The barrier, which runs along Bourges Boulevard, near to the entrance to the Train Station, has certainly caused a range of comments whenever I’ve spoken about it on-line and in 2015, after recently being installed, it was even hit by vandals.
Some residents then asked me to find out how much it has actually cost, so I did.
At a meeting of Full Council, I stood up and explained that I’d had several queries relating to the so called “art work”, that runs along the central reservation of the Bourges Boulevard, that appeared following the £4.5 million improvement scheme the other year.
“I suggest the cost of the safety barrier needs to be looked at in the context of the whole scheme.
“The total cost of this project was £4.5 million of which £2.1 million was government funded and £0.6million was a contribution secured from the rather splendid Waitrose development alongside; approved, he might remember, by the cross party Planning Committee.
“The remaining £1.8 was from the Council, agreed by Members as an integral element of the budget at that time.
“The estimated cost to plant trees directly into the central reservation without the use of planters and the erection of standard specification, somewhat utilitarian, railings was originally priced at about £720,000 whereas the use of planters and bespoke railings now installed cost well under £600,000.
“Quite a saving, I’m sure you’ll agree.”
So ……. do you agree with the Tory councillor? Or do you have another view? Either way, please let us know below!