Not a bright idea
IT'S great to see that our illustrious council is trying to keep on top of its traffic management and road repair programme, but why spend money where it's not really needed?
I refer to your report that the traffic lights at the junction of Lower Compton Road and Mannamead Road are to be replaced after almost six weeks of not functioning.
The work, so it is proudly announced, is now re-scheduled to start in the New Year.
Why replace them, for heaven's sake? The traffic has been running without a hitch in their absence, as it often does whenever traffic lights stop working for whatever reason.
This stretch of road is now one of the few places in Plymouth where there is an almost un-interrupted run, of coming on for 400 yards, between Henders Corner and Seymour Road.
Why, you could almost convince yourself that it would be worthwhile changing into a higher gear for a few brief seconds.
Leave the lights off, don't even replace the wretched things. Unless, of course, it really is the council's sole aim, as it appears to be, to restrict all traffic movement in Plymouth to such an extent that they can then justify to themselves that congestion charging would be possible.
Don't let us forget the financial black hole they have to fill: not replacing these lights could be a step on the long and winding path and, for once, won't cost us anything.