Present: Mark Anstiss (68RR), Richard Mallender,
Juliet Mccaffery (councillors for
2) Preliminary discussion
The HGV traffic had increased since the
Juliet said she could bring the petition to the notice
of the Assistant Director for transport, Caroline Dwyer, (who is on the
Environment Committee and in charge of transport). This would enable the
background work to be carried out in advance of the Environment Committee
meeting in May, in the hope that a positive decision could then be made at that
meeting. Caroline Dwyer can be called on tel: 292095. This committee meets on Thursday
May 26th at at
3) Petition plans:
a) Wording – is now finalised and has been sent out electronically (on 4th April) to the 5 patch reps, along with the electronic list of voters.
i) Numbers 1-21 Caroline Taylor (#21)
23-49 (corner with
51-63, 60-96(?) (above
iv) 2-30 Steve Reeve (#10)
v) 32-58 (corner) Malcolm Dawes (#52)
Timescale – to be completed by end of next week
(Friday April 15th) please, for delivery to Paul (48RR). These will be passed
to the 2 councillors for delivery at the full council meeting at
d) A deputation will also be sent. The leader, who speaks for up to 5 minutes, shortly after the petition(s), has to be notified about a week in advance, to John Chard. [Cath (64RR) has agreed to do this]. Material for the leader should be sent to her/him in advance. Any number of people may go into the public gallery to support the leader.
4) Action possibilities:
a) It was agreed that a graded response was appropriate, with gentle actions at first, and the possibility of stronger action later on, as follows
b) In the next few weeks:
i) HGV ban notices (unofficial), different enough from real ones so as not to be illegal and to reduce the likelihood of them being taken down by the Authorities. For example a rectangular A4 laminated sheet, with the circular image (downloadable from the website http://www.peace-in-rugby-road.org.uk) included. Mark will ask Cath about progress.
Picketing refuse drivers to explain where we are coming
from (early morning; Jenny?). Contact with Trades
iii) writing/emailing members of the Environment committee (Paul will put info on the website). More info
c) a few days before the Environment committee on May 26th:
i) Demo by school children (Cath? Caroline? Around ), with Argus in attendance.
ii) Richard and Juliet said they could go to the Environment Committee and speak to the petition
d) If the Environment committee does not produce the desired effect, then.
i) Double parking, feigning breakdown, or driving slowly, to block through carts.