Two members of the public were unable to make statements at a meeting of B&NES Council on 10 November, due to election period rules, and a request for a short debate on the East of Bath park and ride was timed out by the ruling Conservative administration.
Councillor Alison Millar (Bathavon North) commented:
“I am glad that members of the public continue to come to Council and Cabinet meetings to make the case against the Bathampton Meadows park and ride. What’s most disappointing is that the Conservative Cabinet refuses to acknowledge evidence – from the Council’s own reports – of the projected ineffectiveness of the Meadows park and ride.”
“I was very struck by the remarks of one speaker, who reminded us that it is a year since 85 members of the public exercised their right to make their voices heard at full Council. Since then the Conservatives have changed the rules, to limit the number of speeches at each meeting. This all points to a Conservative administration with no intention of listening to residents.”
“The Cabinet members are clinging desperately to plans they were promoting before their election. Strong and effective politicians would be able to take a step back, acknowledge that the evidence to support the scheme is just not there, and that therefore the scheme is now wrong.”