PLYMOUTH is slowly beginning to grind to a halt in certain areas because of roadworks. These areas are extending by the day as more frustrated drivers seek to avoid or minimise delays.
The ones occurring now are an absolute disgrace and it is laughable to see Cllr Wigens complaining publicly about them, when he was in charge of the 18 months of misery surrounding the East End development.
That was when the current work should have been completed; when motorists, businessmen, holidaymakers, and the general public might have been more understanding of the need to complete the Laira Bridge traffic routing.
To subject motorists to a second and seemingly more disruptive roadworks is inexcusable, particularly in view of the continuing criticism of the Gdynia Way traffic signs and the misleading signage which is happening once again.
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For example, traffic from Marsh Mills, for businesses in Faraday Mills, which bore the brunt of the disruption last time, are once again being mis-routed via Gdynia Way and the Vue complex, rather than straight into the Faraday site, via the lights at the beginning of Embankment Road.
We have already had promises from the Labour council that all will be done to minimise disruption, including evening and weekend working. Well there were no workmen on site at all this weekend and remember the broken promises from the previous administration about the East End. Both epitomise the overall attitude of the council to ratepayers, which is one of sublime indifference.
Meanwhile local businesses are already suffering and the impact on city centre businesses suffering a dearth of customers not prepared to travel unless it is absolutely essential will soon be felt. To add insult to injury, the timing of the roadworks is reminiscent of the recent America's Cup and roadworks fiasco which paralysed the Barbican area. Why? Because the city has just launched two major public festivals, the marine and literary events, smack bang in the middle, and these are now under way until the end of September.
These festivals will definitely leave a lasting impression on our visitors – namely that Plymouth council management of whatever persuasion, really is quite naff. Old visitors already knew it.