Worsley MP, Barbara Keeley, is protesting to the Department of Transport at the lack of notice they have given to her and to residents of Worsley about an exhibition to consult the public about widening the M60 Motorway from Junctions 12 to 15.
The Department of Transport have just sent notice of a public exhibition and consultation event due to start at the Novotel, Worsley on Thursday March 19th.
“I received on March 18th a notice from the Department of Transport that there is to be a Public Exhibition on the M60 Widening proposals which will take place in Worsley on March 19th, 20th and 21st. I have welcomed the proposals to widen the M60 Motorway and also to introduce hard shoulder running, as these measures can ease congestion and reduce C02 emissions from queuing traffic.
“However, the residents living near to the M60 motorway at Worsley and Roe Green have a right to be consulted. The short notice given of this Public Exhibition is completely unacceptable. It seems that information was only sent out about this public consultation event on March 16th. I have protested to officials at the Department of Transport and they told me they had been planning this event for at least 3 weeks. They could have sent a notice to me as the MP for Worsley by e-mail or phone and I would have been able to tell local residents about it.
“I am now raising with Transport Ministers why officials in the Department are apparently treating my constituents with such disdain by giving so little notice of an important public consultation event. I have asked the officials in the Department to run the event again, this time with more notice.”