Council welcomes road safety policy review
At last Wednesday’s council meeting (18 May), councillors supported a motion welcoming the council’s road safety policy review and backing a focus on consultation and local community involvement.
As part of the motion, councillors agreed:
- To ask officers to provide Environment Scrutiny and Fire and Rescue Scrutiny with a thorough briefing on recent accidents and their causations.
- To call on cabinet to ensure that communities and all levels of governance in Gloucestershire are thoroughly consulted on the refreshed Road Safety Policy.
- To call on cabinet to work with Environment Scrutiny and Fire and Rescue Scrutiny to develop a policy of ongoing dialogue with our residents to see road safety measures proactively installed in our communities.
Cllr Paul Hodgkinson, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group at the county council said: “I am pleased that all councillors supported our motion. Gloucestershire County Council has now signed up to some impactful resolutions – including involving our communities in proactive measures to make our roads safer for all users. We will be judged on our actions, not our words, and it is time for us to show that we are serious about ending death on our roads.”
Cllr Dave Norman, Cabinet Member with responsibility for road safety, said: “Road safety is a priority for the county council as we build a greener, healthier and safer Gloucestershire. Consultation with our communities is vital and I will make sure that cabinet plays its part in consulting our local communities. Our draft Road Safety Policy will be out for consultation soon and I encourage everyone to participate when it is launched.”
Cllr John Bloxsom, Leader of the Labour Group at the county council said: “I look forward to the council working proactively with our local communities to make sure we deliver the road safety measures we really need on the ground.”
Cllr Cate Cody, Leader of the Green Group at the county council said: “I will play my part in encouraging all county councillors to work with their Parish, Town and District colleagues to make sure that local voices are heard regarding county road safety.”