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Emergency Vote on Lendal Bridge Trial as Alexander Declines To Back Merrett

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5:33pm 8th April 2014
(Updated 7:08pm 8th April 2014)

An emergency vote on the future of York's Lendal Bridge trial will be held by Labour councillors tonight.

A meeting is scheduled to take place behind closed doors at 7pm where the Labour group will sit down and decide on the scheme's future.

We can reveal that James Alexander has not provided a statement supporting his embattled Transport boss Dave Merrett, who's faced repeated calls to resign, after Minster FM first asked on Monday morning if Dave Merrett still had James Alexander's full support.

Minster FM can also reveal that despite repeated requests York Council has also not released the costs of the independent legal advice, which sources tell us could cost around £1,000 a day.

We have put in at least five requests to press officers both at the council and the York Labour Party for an interview with council leader James Alexander, who has not answered any public questions more than a week on since Minster FM revealed the government appointed traffic adjudicator ruled the council could not issue fines from it's cameras.

In the most recent official council statement, issued on Friday 4th April, Kersten England, Chief Executive of City of York Council, said: “Having received independent legal advice from a leading legal expert in this field we are confident we are operating both Lendal Bridge and Coppergate schemes within the law.
“We also take assurances from Oxford, who contested with a similar appeal with the Traffic Penalty Tribunal and successfully won.”


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