Letter: Why does parking scheme have to take so long?

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Since 2012, Stamford residents have repeatedly called for a parking scheme. They have paid for a waiver to park on the road, because of delays this is extended until December 31.

Lincolnshire county councillor Richard Davies, stated online in an open letter that Lincolnshire County Council cannot progress the scheme until it receives a request to start the Traffic Regulation Orders process from South Kesteven District Council.

However, significant delays have occurred in the drawing up of the scheme because, according to Neil Cucksey, of the district council, “a process had to be followed.”

When a relevant request finally emerges from the district council apparently it will then take Lincolnshire County Council a further six months to approve it.

Compare this time with the timing of the Falklands conflict in 1982: April 2, 1982, Argentine forces invade the Falklands; April 5, 1982, UK task force sets sail from Portsmouth; May 1, 1982, first day of military action; June 14, 1982, Argentine forces surrender to Maj Gen Jeremy Moore.

While there is a huge difference in scale between the two situations, there is also a massive difference in attitude, urgency and effectiveness.

The procrastination that Stamford residents have endured perfectly exemplifies Parkinsons’ Law (1958): “Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion,” although perhaps a more prophetic comment came much earlier from essayist Walter Bagehot (1867) –bureaucrats will care more for routine than results.”


Bourne Road, Colsterworth