Why does this article ignore the concerns of the residents?
David and Michelle Roberts have been given the front page of your March 27 edition to promote their campaign against the Chalkwell Residents campaigning for a fair parking scheme.
I don't represent the Chalkwell residents, but I am very happy that they have successfully convinced the council to consider further proposals to resolve the issues of some residents whose lives are blighted by parking issues.
The Roberts have characterised these proposals, which have not yet been made, as "ill thought out" and "hysterical." This language is of course completely inappropriate.
The Roberts makes no reference to the issues of the residents that the council are proposing to address.
It is of course ludicrous and indeed offensive to imply that the issues have been raised by a "migrating" population into Leigh, as if long term residents have a greater right to an equitable solution. In any event, it is not the case that long term residents are at all content with the current chaos.
Nor is it the case that the Roberts speak for all the traders. Many traders have acknowledged that the Chalkwell residents group actually support local shops and they have agreed to post their support in their shop windows.
The Roberts themselves have complained to me in writing about being unable to park their cars in their own residential street, so it may just be in their own interest to actually read the proposal when it is published, before they decide that it is not in their interest.
And if they are indeed "furious," they might need to take a chill pill, and reflect upon what they have just published in the Leigh Times, assuming they were not misquoted.