With the end of the year approaching, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for being a member of my e-consultation panel. Over the last 12 months I have gathered views on a range of matters, both local and national, and a summary of these is below.
Boundary Commission proposals: last month people responded overwhelmingly against the proposals to split Bearsden into two separate Parliamentary constituencies. I attended the Public Hearing and read out comments from dozens of you on this issue, and submitted a responseto their consultation. You can still have your say directly by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org before Wednesday 4th January.
High-speed rail: a clear majority of you are in favour of high-speed rail, and in particular extending the route to Scotland. I submitted your views to Government and raised them in the House of Commons. The Secretary of State for Transport will announce the outcome of the consultation early in 2012.
Council Tax Freeze: opinion on this was almost evenly split, with 53% agreeing with the freeze and 47% preferring Councils to be able to spend more on local services instead. Council Tax was frozen both north and south of the border.
Parking charges: while half of you are not in favour of any parking charges, others would like to see money generated for reinvestment in our roads. The comments you sent in to this e-consultation were particularly helpful, raising all sorts of issues, which I summarised in a reportfor the Council. The Council is still considering how to proceed and has promised its own consultation with local people before implementing any charges.
Voting Reform: back in February 62% of you backed a switch to the Alternative Vote electoral system for Westminster. Sadly the rest of the country didn’t agree, and in May the Alternative Vote was rejected by 68% to 32%.
Motorway speed limit: in the closest result yet, replies were almost evenly split, with 52% in favour and 48% against raising the speed limit to 80mph. I sent the responses to the Department for Transport who are considering whether or not to raise the limit.
Super-injunctions: amid the controversy earlier this year, you strongly objected to the use of super-injunctions. A Parliamentary Committeeis now looking at the issue and will report by the end of February 2012
I’m always keen to welcome new members to the panel, so if you know friends, family or neighbours in East Dunbartonshire who would like to join, please do encourage them to email me to be added.
Best wishes for 2012!