Sir Bob Russell has launched a scathing attack on County Councillor Rodney Bass. Sir Bob (who is a former Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Road Safety Group) has described Mr Bass as "the most dangerous councillor in the country".
Sir Bob was commenting on an announcement by Essex County Council that is it going to remove the lights-controlled pedestrian crossing from North Hill into High Street.
This follows previous announcements to remove the pedestrian crossing opposite the War Memorial at the other end of High Street.
Sir Bob said that the pedestrian crossing at the top of High Street was a major crossing point for those going to and from the Post Office, for hundreds of students at the Sixth Form College, and elderly residents at the nearby Balkerne Gardens.
Liberal Democrat Sir Bob said that decisions about highways matters in Colchester should be made by the Borough Council, not by Essex County Council based in Chelmsford.
He repeated his call for all highways matters to be transferred back by the County Council to Colchester which had been responsible for highways matters until a few years ago.
Sir Bob said: "This is the latest dictatorial decision by Councillor Bass, the man who has turned off our street lights at night. He has no idea of what life in an urban community is, representing as he does a sparsely populated rural area in mid-Essex.
"Quite frankly, it is time that Essex Tories stopped Councillor Bass who by his actions is the most dangerous councillor in the country when it comes to road safety."
Sir Bob has been involved in road safety throughout his political life. He was responsible for the first 20mph speed limit in Essex and the first traffic calming scheme in Colchester.
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