The Steering Group (local residents group) held a meeting to raise resident awareness of the road widening proposal and gather feedback. Around 100 local residents attended this meeting and a survey was conducted. Disappointingly, Middlesbrough Council did not send a representative as Mayor Budd stated later that they didn’t recognise the group. However, Simon Clarke MP attended and did his best to respond to questions, but as the Council have the ‘experts’, their presence would have been beneficial and showed they had an interest in the concerns of local residents.
Tuesday 12 | 12 | 2017
Radio Tees broadcast commencing at 07:50 included interviews with a local resident and councillor regarding the Steering Group meeting. Disappointingly, Mayor Budd was given the time to comment without any opportunity for challenge of his statements.
Sunday, 18 |12| 2017
Although Middlesbrough Council have extended the proposal formal consultation end date to 12th January 2017 and say they have widened the formal consultation to include 82 residents, as of the above date, no formal consultation letters appear to have been received by residents. The residents were notified of this intent by letter on 28th November 2017 - how long does it take to send the formal consultation letters out? It takes 3-weeks, as I can now report (18th December) the letters have arrived! Perhaps it was the further emailed complaint, as they appear to have been hand delivered! However, I must add that the letter contains no additional survey information to justify the proposal.
Thursday, 21 |12| 2017
Middlesbrough Council extend formal consultation deadline to 18th March 2018 to give residents more time to consider the proposal and respond. Links to the ARUP 2016 Issue survey reports suddenly appear on the MC website.