Monday, 23 May 2011
In 2003 the Telegraph posted an article entitled "be grateul that Barnet got the hump with bumps", which was a reference to that Council's decision to flatten all speed humps on roads in the borough. Writing in the Telegraph Tom Utley rejoiced that "as I write, contractors for Barnet council in north London are at work, flattening every one of the 1,000 speed bumps in the borough."
Well today the results of that scheme were laid bare by Transport for London - Barnet now has the highest road kill rate in London. While road deaths fell by 34% in outer London they soared in leafy Barnet, who have defended themselves by saying they have rather a lot of roads. I used to live in Barnet - it is not any more roady than anywhere else, that you'd notice by walking around.
And the relevance of this to Shepherd's Bush? Our Council Leader Stephen Greenhalgh is a keen admirer of Barnet who, like H&F, are seen as Tory trendsetters. In fact Barnet coined the term "easyCouncil" in reference to their slashing of services to the bone and requiring residents to pay for what they saw as "extras". Ring any bells? In fact Cllr Greenhalgh is appearing at a conference sponsored by management consultants KPMG in June this year to discuss the "public services revolution" ...... with the Leader of Barnet Council.
So any whiff of our Council following Barnet down this path should be met with implacable opposition. It may play well with the Jeremy Clarkson 'political correctness gone mad' Righty brigade but the figures prove what it actually leads to - death and misery. I'd be the first on the barricades if they float something similar for our roads and I hope you'd join me!
Posted by Chris Underwood at 13:39