16 April 2019
"Protecting education and social care services and our green spaces have ranked as most important to people while, surprisingly, tackling local parking issues as least important"
At a packed special town meeting an 28th February at the Clarke Foley Centre residents raised multiple concerns about the proposed Traffic Regulation Orders in Ilkley covering parking charges in the town centre.
Ros was at the meeting and has written to Bradford Council in support of the Town Council's request to pause the implementation of the Orders for a short period to allow local scrutiny.
Ros said "By looking at the Orders in greater detail using our local knowledge of residents' and our town's needs we can try and ensure solving one challenge does not cause others to arise."
"We need to look at parking in llkley and Ben Rhydding as a whole to avoid moving problems out of the town centre instead of dealing with them."
"Given the problems we already have with overdevelopment, flooding and congestion near Ben Rhydding railway bridge I would not be in favour of seeing a beautiful green approach to Ben Rhydding lost to create a new car park for the station as is currently being explored by Bradford Council."
If elected as a District or Town Councillor on May 2nd, Ros will continue to seek out and listen to the concerns at the community and work to find sustainable solutions to the parking issues in Ilkley.
In November the Environment Agency (EA) invited the local community to contribute to the examination process about whether an operating permit for the incinerator should be granted or not; a process taking up to a year.
"I remain a member of the Aire Valley Against Incineration steering group in order to make sure residents' concerns on this side of Rombald's Moor are heard".
"There is nothing more urgent than addressing climate change. While strikes attract special attention all our children and young people deserve our thanks and encouragement for the leadership they're showing in making changes at school and home that help tackle climate change and pollution.
"It's great to see the development of an Eco-Committee at Ilkley Grammar School and pre-schoolers taking part in local litterpicks. We need the wisdom and action of all generations."
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