GRAHAM STUART MP made a visit to Preston at lunchtime on Friday 2 July to see for himself some of the problems faced by residents and the village with the flow of traffic.
Joining the Beverley & Holderness Member of Parliament were two members of Preston Traffic and Safety Action Group Pat Ferguson and Ian Ireland. Cllr. Ian Ireland is also Chair of the Preston Parish Council. Also present were the three Ward Councillors for the area John Dennis, Sue Steel and David Winter. Although perhaps a less than typically busy traffic day in the village, there were still enough incidents on Friday to demonstrate the daily problems to Mr Stuart.
Following the street meeting, the MP later chaired an online meeting with the local councillors, the Preston Traffic Group and key officers at East Riding of Yorkshire Council to discuss what actions are being taken to alleviate the problem.
Last February, the chair of ERYC’s Planning Committee expressed huge empathy with Preston residents following approval of the Lelley Fields Crematorium planning application. Councillor Dave Tucker said: “They (the residents and South West Holderness Councillors) have lines of planning applications in front of them and face horrendous problems with traffic through Preston. Now is the time for the authority to sit down with ward members and the local plan and do an emergency traffic review because those problems won’t get better, they’ll only get worse.”
The street meeting and subsequent online meeting are positive steps. HU12 Online and local residents are waiting to hear from representatives with feedback from those meetings and a report on what progress is being made towards conducting any “emergency traffic review”.
We’ll bring you updates as they are published.