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Complainant Name:
Mr David Shields

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: East Lothian Courier

Complaint:

Mr David Shields of Musselburgh complained that an article about the public inquiry into the proposed Musselburgh West Phase 1 Traffic Regulation Order had failed to mention that he had called for a halt to proceedings. He also said that those who disagreed with the scheme were not asked for their views, and that he had been involved in posting signs on lampposts and letters of objection in local shops, to which a good response had been received. Finally, the complainant pointed out that 90 – 95% of the IGRA’s houses had off street parking, while the majority of Stoneybank’s residents did not have such amenities.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the newspaper published a letter from the complainant in the following terms:


“I refer to your article of 1 August with the headline ‘Parking D-Day’, which reported on the public inquiry into the proposed Musselburgh West Phase 1 Traffic Regulation Order.


First, the article failed to mention that I called for a halt to the Public Inquiry. I did this as the existing parking at Queen Margaret University was being under utilised, and there was no point in wasting any more taxpayer’s money.


Moreover, the article stated that the majority of people at the meeting backed the scheme. The people who disagreed with it were not asked for their views. However, it was me and a few friends who posted signs on all the lampposts and letters of objection to the scheme in local shops. These received a good response. I wonder why the IGRA have so much to say on this issue, when 90 – 95% of their houses have off street parking. The majority of Stoneybank’s residents do not have such amenities.”

Report: 78



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