Proposed vehicle ban in Moskovskaya street’s upper section needs public debate – Shuvarin
Penza, 26 February 2016. PenzaNews. The car ban in the upper section of Moskovskaya street in Penza must be introduced only after a positive conclusion of a dedicated public debate, the City Duma deputy Alexei Shuvarin proposed during the 19th regular meeting session on Friday, February 26.
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“In your opinion, wouldn’t it be reasonable more reasonable to discuss such issues, which in my opinion are very important for Penza citizens, publicly or on a public debate, rather than up and imposing the ban? What if our citizens are not ready and disagree with this voluntary decision?” he asked Alexei Ryabov, head of the Economic Development Department of the city administration.
In return, the latter answered that the city authorities are always ready for the dialogue, but, according to him, the list of topics that require public debate are outlined by the legislation, and the aforementioned issue does not fit the criteria.
Following that, Alexei Shuvarin doubted the necessity of opening up for transport the section of Moskovskaya street adjacent to the Drama Theater.
“This is the section that we paved with marble flag to the 350th anniversary of the city. In my opinion, such decisions would better be made only after public discussion, although Alexei Gennadyevich [Ryabov] says the legislation does not provide the procedure for that,” he noted.
Alexei Shuvarin stressed that he opposes the aforementioned idea.
“Personally, I am against opening up for transport the section of Moskovskaya street by the Drama Theater and turning it into the traffic lane, for example. That section was a gift to the 350th anniversary of the city. That section of the street must remain a pedestrian-only zone,” the deputy stressed.