I am stuck behind a big yellow recycling lorry in Bristol, which this year became the UK’s first European Green Capital. It is collecting food waste from the special brown… Read more
Take this story, remove the word Bristol and replace it with the word Fremantle, add a couple of years and you will see where Fremantle is heading with its current political ideological driven council, if things continue on the way they are.
A few choose cut & pastes to set the tone of the article, its long but the mintues it will take to read are a window to future freo.
“If you want to be a Green City, anti-car is what you have to be. And so when I finally make it past the wretched yellow truck, my journey continues to be blighted by the overweening traffic regulations with which we are now awash. We have a dense network of car-sharing lanes, bus lanes and cycle lanes strewn about our streets like chopped spaghetti. It’s dangerous, because to avoid falling foul of enforcement cameras it is necessary to veer from lane to lane while trying to read what times of which day you are allowed to drive where. I find it tricky enough and I live here; heaven knows how visitors cope.”
“And then there are the dozens of new 20mph zones, introduced at a cost of more than £2 million, and neatly denounced by one local councillor as ‘a total waste of time and money’. Our nitwit elected mayor, George Ferguson, voted for by less than 12 per cent of Bristolians, forced through this idea only to then be nabbed for speeding himself. The incident seemed emblematic of the city’s increasingly totalitarian brand of environmental idealism. Like fundamentalists the world over, here was our green leader failing to practise his own preachings while dismissing rational objections — such as the Swedish study which shows that 20mph zones increase accident levels due to the creation of a false sense of security.”
Any of this sound familiar to Freo? Our council is pushing for 10km/hr zones, try driving in that, it will be mixed zone, pedestrians, cyclists, skaters, wandering from any which way, between cars trying to drive safely to their destination, its just another Step in their Anti-Car Campaign. The wedge driven in a little deeper.
“In some situations, residents’ parking zones have a place, but predictably the mayor and the anti-car zealots have overdone it. In my own street, for example, there never was a parking problem — but now we have to pay to park in a designated bay. Parking is now harder for residents, because the total space to park in has been reduced. Tradesmen and even doctors, carers and district nurses have had to buy expensive permits in order to visit customers and patients without penalty. It follows that, as a city, our collective bill for both plumbing and healthcare has just gone up substantially.”
Looks Like freo’s plan when you read their Parking policy proposals?
“Worst of all, though, is the change in the city’s mood. Life here is feeling increasingly parochial, anal, nagged and petty. The boho artsy feel we used to have is being slowly strangled by a sanctimonious mayor and local authority who seem to want to colour-code our lives with a barrage of rules and regulations that simply make it harder to function. It may well be that the less we are able to go about our lives, the less carbon we produce — but Is becoming inefficient and dysfunctional an intelligent approach to preserving the planet?”
This is coming to Freo, greens lanes, armadillos, plans for 10km/hr speed zones, blocked streets, lost street parking, useless speed humps, sold parking sites the list just goes on.
“Of course we were promised rewards for our sacrifices: in return for giving up our cars, public transport would be improved. Precious little seems to have happened so far, though work is in hand to introduce a rapid-transit metrobus scheme, which essentially comprises building extra lanes for specially coloured buses.”
Fremantles Public Transport dream is nothing more than a thought bubble (on a rate payer funded glossy brochure), that only a couple on council have conjured up, “light rail”, with no funding, just plans for more increases in parking fees and rates. The two major state partys not even considering the possibility. All talk no delivery, but it sounds nice. Not even on main roads radar, they don’t even have enough road reserve to do it.
“Don’t get me wrong. I love this city, really I do. It is just a shame I now live in Bristol, the style-over-substance, ideology-over-common-sense, baby-out-with-the-bath-water Capital of Europe 2015.”
My thoughts exactly. Remember replace Bristol with Freo.
Hit the link the whole story is worth a read it will be like looking into a crystal ball to freo’s future. So Sad.