Tory councillor says only “small number” oppose reopening Abington Street to traffic

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Abington Street traffic artist's impression ENGNNL00120131128111507

A Conservative Northampton borough councillor has said only a “small number” of people in the town oppose the opening up of Abington Street to traffic.

Speaking at a Northampton Borough Council meeting on Monday night, Councillor Michael Hill (Con, Nene Valley) said the vast majority in people were not concerned about plans to allow vehicles to use part of the shopping street.

Councillor Hill said: “There are a small number of people opposing this. A few people made chalk marks on the street but more than 200,000 people in the town have registered no concern at all.

“It said in our manifesto this was what we were going to do and the people put their faith in a Conservative administration.

“For the Liberal democrats to lecture us on manifesto pledges is ridiculous.”

During the meeting five members of the public spoke out against the Abington Street plans and there was also a written question to David Mackintosh, leader of the council, about the plans.

In response to Councillor Hill’s comments, Councillor Dennis Meredith (Lib dem, Talavera) said it was “nonsense” to suggest only a minority of people were against the plans to open up Abington Street to traffic.

But, speaking after the meeting, Councillor Mackintosh said the opening up of Abington Street to traffic was not one of the main topics that voters were currently writing to him about. He said more people were excercised about the new bus station and the Grosvenor Centre.