MP Healey backs SYT’s traffic order campaign

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DEARNE MP John Healey is backing a South Yorkshire Times campaign to put the brakes on plans to remove the requirement for traffic orders to be published in local newspapers.

The Department of Transport’s proposal will mean local councils no longer have to place public notices on changes to road regulations in the pages and on the websites of papers like the SYT.

But Mr Healey has now pledged his support to our campaign to try and block the plans.

The Labour politician said the move would mean people having less information about important changes in their local area, such as details of road closures, diversions and other disruptions.

In a letter to Transport Minister Norman Baker MP, he said people should be given the “fullest possible access to information about changes that affect local areas and lives.”

Mr Healey added: “Online publication is useful but insufficient on its own, because local newspapers are independent, printed and often the source of “first-turn” information, especially for many who are not online and may be elderly.”

The Department for Transport believes councils across the country could save £20m a year through the proposal.

The proposals are to let authorities use ‘whatever ways they consider appropriate’ such as Facebook, Twitter and their own websites.

A decision on the plans is expected in the coming weeks.