Letter: Councillors’ sanity fail

Reading the Gazette on Friday (November 3, “Distasteful legal challenge blasted”), I was reminded of Albert Einstein’s definition of insanity: “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

Studies of completed road schemes show that when more road space is built, more cars will come to fill it up, and congestion will return. This gives us a simple rule: more road space leads to more traffic.

We also know that the extra cars attracted to the added road space bring with them emissions of greenhouse gases. This gives us a second, equally simple, rule: more roads lead to more CO2 emissions.

So it’s unsustainable and unacceptable in environmental terms, yet still our elected representatives in both local and national government cling to the road building folly.  With respect to the second Tyne road tunnel, South Tyneside Council gives the tunnel it’s full support, and Couns Jim Perry and Tom Hanson use a Community Area Forum meeting as a forum to criticise the legal bid to stop the second road tunnel.  Is there a pathological blindness to the reality of climate change?

It seems that when it comes to road building, our council and it’s members are not only behaving according to Einstein’s insanity definition, but they are also in collective denial.  Perhaps they could do with some ‘green’ counselling?

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