Resident letter: Do we really want to be paying for a MSCP for the next 50 years when there may be alternative means of transport available to commuters?

Dear Editor,

I was surprised to read in this week’s edition of the Haslemere Herald, 10th October, that some of our Haslemere Town Councillors should want to ignore a democratic process to meet their political leader’s demands.  It is no secret that Jeremy Hunt (www.jeremyhunt.org) has declared on his website that Haslemere needs a MSCP, yet the feedback from the Haslemere Vision consultation was that an overwhelming 88 per cent thought the train station parking problem could be solved by providing alternative transport for commuters. By coincidence a petition to Surrey County Council Senior Leadership team went live this week petitioning its leaders to prioritise other road users over the car.

“According to the Department of Transport  (http://road-collisions.dft.gov.uk), Surrey County Council  (SCC) has the highest number of cycling fatalities in the whole  of England and is fourth highest for pedestrian fatalities of  any highway authority.

Pedestrians spend more per week than any other shopper Tfl (Town Centre Study 2011). One in five cars on the road at morning peak traffic times are taking  children to school, contributing to congestion, air pollution  and carbon emissions. With school pupil numbers projected to  rise year on year the school run is expected to have an  increasingly negative impact on congestion. One in three  children leaves primary school either overweight or obese.   (www.livingstreets.org.uk/wow) . Inactivity is costing the  Primary Care trust in England in excess of £940million a year.

We petition SCC senior leadership team to make our towns and villages safer for pedestrian and cyclists and to stop  prioritising the car over other road users. We ask that they look at best practice outside their own County.

Please sign this petition: http://petitions.surreycc.gov.uk/SaferRoads/

Don’t forget to confirm your response to the petition via email.”

It has previously been suggested that the Haslemere Tax Payer could fund a MSCP.  Do we really want to be paying for a MSCP for the next 50 years when there may be alternative means of transport available to commuters?  Please say “NO”, and sign the above mentioned petition for a better quality of life.

Best wishes,

Victoria Leake

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From: Victoria Leake
Date: Fri, Oct 10, 2014 at 9:07 AM
Subject: MSCP Haslemere
To: editor@haslemereparking.com