This is the response of the Association of British Drivers to the 'Moving Glasgow Forward ' local transport plan consultation initiated by Glasgow City Council in 2006.
Land Services
Glasgow City Council
Richmond Exchange
20 Cadogan Street
G2 7AD
Dear Sir,
'Moving Glasgow Forward' Consultation, 2006
Our attention has been drawn to this 'consultation' by some members in your area, and we are responding '..on behalf of a group/organisation', as requested in Section 5.
Failure to comply with Consultation Code of Practice
We take the view that your 'Moving Glasgow Forward' questionnaire does not constitute a proper consultation in so far as out of 39 questions over 8 pages, just one question in Section 3 invites a response in the citizenís own words. All the other questions are of your or the Executiveís choosing, and signally fail to address the most important part of your remit, namely the roads themselves.
Accordingly, this letter should be regarded as a proper consultative response in accordance with ministerial undertakings, and we formally request that you include it in your submission to the Executive. This request will be followed up by an MSP on our behalf.
First therefore, we totally disagree with all the statements/questions in your Sections 1 and 2. Unbelievably, not one of the 21 items mentions the roads, nor do you mention access for emergency vehicles (ambulances, fire service, police, etc). This alone renders your questionnaire irrelevant and possibly politically-inspired.
Previous 'Moving Glasgow Forward' consultations have, quite properly, explained your views in detail and requested consulteesí views of them. This 'consultation' signally fails to do likewise.
In our view, the biggest single fault in your recent strategy is your treatment of roads and traffic. Quite contrary to good practice, your policies have led to increased traffic congestion, instead of an endeavour to avoid or at least ameliorate congestion.
In particular, your policies have failed to give proper weight to the following points highlighted in previous Reports from your Department:-
  1. The Principle of Prescribed Road Hierarchy, as detailed in previous reports (copy attached), has not been respected.
  2. Direct access to developments, e.g. Supermarkets, has been permitted from main roads: this is a major cause of congestion, and is entirely of your own making.
These are only two of the ways in which congestion has actually been caused by your own Policies. Others include, Violation of Democratic Processs
All of these misuses, and the latest proposal to steal two lanes at the Broomielaw for Flexibuses are not only serious causes of congestion but, since the streets of the city are public property, probably constitute theft. This charge might be withdrawn if a real effort was made to obtain public approval, but we think it very unlikely that you would obtain public approval (other than by skewed questionnaires like the present one).
Abuse of Prioritisation
Undue emphasis is being placed on 'prioritisation'. Your remit is to create, organise and maintain the streets, for the benefit of ALL users, and you have no right to prioritise anything except emergency vehicles. If you try to prioritise anything else, you lay yourselves open to an action for invasion of freedom.
Finally, there are certain statements in your Questionnaire which include actual untruths, viz:- Until recently, Glasgow has been blessed with materially better roads and traffic than any other Scottish city. Sadly, it is now well on the way to losing that distinction, due to the extremely unwise and undemocratic policies now being followed.
Yours faithfully,
Peter M Spinney
for: the Association of British Drivers, Scottish Region

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