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Friday, December 1, 2017 - 9:58

From David Atkin, East Cowes:

In reply to the letter from Angela Hewitt (CP, 24-11-07),regarding Cathy Foulkes’s proposal for a cross-Solent tunnel  (CP, 17-11-17).

Firstly, I am against a fixed link, which would giveunlimited road access to the Island, because I feel our present road systemwould be totally inadequate to cope with the resultant extra traffic.

Also, we would be ankle-deep in empty beer cans after everybank holiday, not to mention the inevitable increase in crime figures, etc.

We all know the arguments well enough, such as (we live onan Island, if you don’t like it get off), without me wittering on.

I would, however, probably be in favour of a scheme on thelines Cathy Foulkes has proposed, which would give us an all-weather publictransport access to the mainland 24/7 without swamping our already overcrowdedroads.  

The chances are this scheme, along with all the otherfixed-link proposals, will never get off the ground because of costs, but forAngela Hewitt to be as sarcastic as she was in her letter, is hardly going tofurther the debate in any meaningful way.

Is this the same Angela Hewitt who, as a councillor forWhippingham, had two perfectly good bus lay-bys removed at huge cost to thetaxpayer resulting in traffic hold-ups now, where before there were none?

If she is indeed this person, then why should we listen tosomeone whose judgment is so flawed anyway?

No doubt the fixed-link debate will be with us for manyyears to come but unless we can unlock huge sums of money, any debate becomesacademic.

By all means have the debate, but let’s keep it above thesilly schoolboy level please.

 


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