Cancelled meeting prompts apology from councillor

A DISTRICT councillor has apologised to a Fenland road safety group after a meeting at which they were due to present a petition was cancelled for the second time.

Gavin Booth, chairman of the Fenland Rural Road Safety Action Network (FFRSAN), was due to present a petition to reduce the speed limit on Guyhirn’s High Road at the quarterly Area Joint Committee (AJC) meeting in April.

The petition, which was gathered in November, was originally going to be presented to county and district councillors at the planned January AJC, but it was cancelled due to a “lack of business requiring a decision”.

Mr Booth was then shocked to discover the April meeting had been cancelled for the same reason.

He said in a letter to the Citizen: “We find this unacceptable and are amazed at the way the county council are treating this matter.”

Speaking exclusively to the Citizen, AJC chairman Simon King apologised for the cancellation and said if he knew the petition was going to be presented, the meeting would have gone ahead.

Cllr King said: “I absolutely understand why they are so frustrated. If people have been waiting three months or longer, it should be presented.”

He explained that petitions were not classed as items requiring a decision, something he was unaware of, and he was not told about it.

Cllr King is now going to attempt to get petitions reclassified to make sure this does not happen again.