Barbara is calling for better presentation of poll results in the debate about the Transport Innovation Fund/ Congestion Charge proposals for Greater Manchester.
She believes that recent reports on how Salford people voted in a poll on the congestion charge proposals were not presented fully and so were misleading.
“In the recent poll, when Salford residents were asked if they supported or opposed the transport and charging proposals, 42% were opposed compared to 39% who were supportive. A couple of weeks before, I had received reports that more Salford people had voted in favour of the proposals in the poll and that results across all ten Greater Manchester council areas were showing slightly in favour of the proposals. I doubted this and now I can see that the results were not presented fully.
“Salford was not the only council area where more residents were against the proposals than those in support – Tameside, Stockport and Bury were the other three areas where more residents were opposed to the proposals than supported them.
“The polling was commissioned by the Greater Manchester councils and the Passenger Transport Authority using public money. Given this, people across Greater Manchester, who paid for the polling, deserve to have the results laid out fully. Other reports in the media have also suggested that 50% of the businesses polled are opposed to the charge with only 40% of businesses supporting the proposals. That result should be reported as well.
“I have been concerned about these proposals from the start as I feel that people in Worsley will not benefit enough from the investment to make it fair to impose congestion charges on them. I am glad that people in Worsley will get a say on this by voting in the referendum in December. Given the fact that more Salford people are now shown as being against the proposals as for them, it seems likely we are heading for a NO vote.”
The public exhibition on the Transport Innovation Fund Bid/ Congestion Charging Proposals will be in the Ellesmere Centre, Walkden from 11am-7pm on 25th September.