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I have been toying with the idea of writing on this subject for some time but have been finally moved to do so by your front page reports of that rare councillor; one

I have been toying with the idea of writing on this subject for some time but have been finally moved to do so by your front page reports of that rare councillor; one who stands by his word and translates it into action -David Jolley. I am not of his political persuasion but his continued activity on behalf of the residents of Portishead and more particularly his tenacity in the Cabstand issue has made me wish that there were more like him in the party I do support.He organised another march to demonstrate the continued dissatisfaction of Portishead residents with the Cabstand traffic lights. In the march held last year on one of the coldest days of the year, more than 2,000 people came to show their support and thousands more signed a petition asking that the traffic lights be removed and a better system of controlling traffic - possibly a double roundabout - be designed. Nothing, of course, came of either action. As usual, most of our local councillors did little to support Mr Jolley and, with even more predictability, North Somerset Council ignored the whole thing.But sometimes the 'little man' does win and sometimes, if enough fuss is made, even lordly beings like North Somerset councillors are forced, by the continued pressure of public opinion, to change their minds. The Cabstand issue is important to the continued well-being of the residents of Portishead: to our children, in pushchairs or walking through the fumes of cars tailing back to Somerfield and beyond; to our 'Victorian High Street', glimpsed between the ranks of slowly passing cars; to pedestrians risking death through immobility at the traffic light junctions or by jay-walking across them; to anyone trying to drive through, park in or walk along any of the connecting roads around the High Street which have now become rat-runs; and, lastly, to the irate drivers attempting to cross the ever-red lights or to enter or exit the garage.If we fight we may win. If we do nothing, then we most certainly will lose. And if we show weakness on this issue, then slowly but surely, apathy and a disinclination to do anything about any of the issues which concern us will creep in and we will - rightly - get the town and the council we deserve.Dr Judith Carr - Via e-mail


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