It’s fair to say that at a national level, our MP Anthony Browne has kept his head down since he was elected in 2019. However, he has also been largely absent here in Queen Edith’s, the most built-up and easily the most nationally significant part of his constituency.
This week, however, he turned up to film a short video about what he calls the ‘congestion charge’ (and what the local authorities who are putting it out for discussion call the ‘Sustainable Travel Zone’).
Locally, his political party senses an opportunity in opposing the proposal, even before it has a chance to be discussed. They’re making it sound like the charge is done and dusted, not just yet another proposal to be implemented in several years’ time, from a local authority body which has so far achieved almost nothing in its expensive, seven-year history.
However, the reaction to this video from local residents is not so much to debate the concept of the ‘Sustainable Travel Zone’ with him, but to ridicule his observation that there’s no congestion in the area, using Nightingale Avenue as an example.
I am sure Mr Browne is quite aware that the only reason he can stand in the road on Nightingale Avenue is because it’s been closed to through traffic for the past two years, after a successful trial to block it off as a commuter rat-run.
I think we deserve better than this.
This is absurd.
Nightingale Avenue is a cul-de-sac and he's on a side street anyway. Walk to the through road if you want to see the congestion. https://t.co/NiZC6fipdr
— Tim Glauert (@TimGlauert) September 22, 2022
This is without doubt one of the most deliberately misleading posts I've ever seen: picking a dead end road as a supposed example of a lack of traffic congestion. Shameful. @Sam_in_Cam – we MUST be able to find better people to represent us, surely? Would you stand? https://t.co/XQirKF1Dwk
— Jezzafuji (@Jezzafuji) September 25, 2022
This video was taken on a street with a modal filter, that is why there isn't any congestion, because the traffic has been filtered, just exactly what the congestion charge is suppose to do as well. https://t.co/aknnWEcaqS
— Gabriel Bienzobas (@Ezy_Ryder) September 25, 2022
Took me 55minutes to get from Shelford to Chesterton yesterday morning for a 9am appointment. A 20 minute journey usually, and 40 minutes to get home. Very busy roads. https://t.co/yCeXrtviLZ
— Denise?? (@Runningsfun) September 23, 2022
What @ab4scambs isn’t telling you is Nightingale Avenue, where he is standing isn’t a through way so there is no traffic! You can,t go anywhere, hence no traffic. A typical biased piece of desperate Tory propaganda. https://t.co/6gEIbsWZ1U
— Steve Annetts (@steve_annetts) September 22, 2022
Others have made the point about talking about lack of congestion in a street which is deliberately filtered but can we also talk about the “EVs don’t contribute to climate change” bit… https://t.co/loYz8zNGjg
— Anna Williams (@the_spokeswoman) September 25, 2022
— Edward Pinches (@Ed_Pinches) September 25, 2022
My local MP discovering a no through road isn't congested https://t.co/7XMoKZqs5v
— Jon Canning (@JonCanning) September 22, 2022