I have just put up a post Oxford traffic lights could come down about the near-certainty that Oxfordshire County Council will give no serious thought to the possibility of reducing the number of traffic lights and other controls in Oxford’s streets. The idea had been raised in this week’s Oxford Times.
David Robertson, the county council member responsible for transport, is quoted in the same article as saying “I’m not sure whether public opinion is ready for shared space in this country”. Robertson deserves an essay to himself, as much for his contempt for democracy as for his failings at transport.
This is the man who bullied his way to the imposition of residents’ parking fees in Oxford with a mock “consultation”, and then made a decision in defiance of known resistance without waiting for the outcome of the consultation.
He treats with contempt anyone whose views do not accord with his own, and believes that democracy means that the winner can force his views on everyone else. So it is odd to find him now paying any regard to his guess at public opinion and calling it in aid of his put-down for the idea of bare streets.