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Emergency York Council Meeting To Take Place After Lendal Bridge & Coppergate Judgement

Lendal Bridge

2:13pm 3rd April 2014
(Updated 3:57pm 3rd April 2014)

An emergency council meeting will take place on the uncertainty surrounding York's Lendal Bridge and Coppergate traffic restrictions.

York's Conservatives called for the meeting after a government appointed traffic judge said that the council could not use it's cameras to issue fines. The city council has confirmed to Minster FM this afternoon that cameras at both locations are still on and issuing fines.

Two traffic lawyers have told Minster FM the council should have taken action, including possibly turning off the cameras, after the judgement. Three days on and the council says it is still seeking "independent legal advice" on what it should do now.

Conservative Group Leader Chris Steward said "The Lendal Bridge closure is a failed trial and we have called for months for it to be brought to an end. We reiterate our call to reopen the bridge, but also now, given events including this week’s adjudication, we believe the issue must be resolved as a matter of urgency. This decision is too important to go to the Labour cabinet who have always refused to admit any wrongdoing or listen to York’s residents. The issues need discussing by Full Council, with this made all the more vital after fines are declared potentially illegal."

Chair of City of York Council Labour Group, Joe Riches said:

“We have debated the Lendal Bridge trial closure at previous council meetings and look forward to debating it again at this extra meeting”.

York's Lib Dem leader Keith Aspden has welcomed the news of the debate saying:

“We fully support the calls for a special meeting of council as happened when Labour tried to sell-off Union Terrace car park. It will be an opportunity to have the debate the Liberal Democrat motion called for last week but which Labour blocked. They can not keep ducking this issue and urgent action is needed. We reiterate our calls for Labour to switch-off the enforcement cameras immediately and reopen Lendal Bridge as well as reveal the full legal costs of the current debacle.”


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