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The Lib Dems are backing proposals to modernise the Council's constitution and ensure the rules the Council works by are accessible, streamlined and up to date.
B&NES Councillors will consider a draft text later this month, following many months of preparation by a cross-party working group of Councillors and Council officers.
Lib Dems are calling for essential bus routes to be protected, pending a long-term solution for public transport services in the West of England.
Some local bus routes are subsidised by the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) as they are not viable as a commercial service, but are needed to help people get to work, to access services or to connect isolated areas.
Now WECA is considering options to renew these subsidised bus service contracts. The Lib Dems are backing a plan to extend the current contracts for a year to stop any further cuts to services and give time for WECA to develop a sustainable plan.
Bath and North East Somerset Liberal Democrats welcome the B&NES Cabinet’s decision to bring social care services back ‘in house’ from 2024, ending the Council’s contract with a private provider of health and care services.
Local Liberal Democrats are celebrating the opening of Bath’s new Police Station in Lewis House on Manvers Street.
Bath has been without a proper city centre Police Station for seven years, after the previous Police and Crime Commissioner sold the original building. Local Liberal Democrats have been campaigning for a new Station to be opened.
‘Clean up our rivers!’ is the rallying cry from B&NES Councillors, who are calling for more action from government, agencies, and water companies to cut pollution and protect an ‘irreplaceable’ natural asset.
The government must put in place a long-term funding plan for buses, say Lib Dems who are raising concerns about the latest round of service cuts coming into effect next month.
Lib Dems have been fighting to save local bus services following the announcement that government would be withdrawing Bus Recovery Grant support. This funding has now been extended to October. However, the two further instalments of bus recovery fund are small compared to the previous funding and are shared across the whole WECA area.
B&NES Lib Dems are allocating investment in vital public services and key priorities, including housing, cleaning streets, sustainable transport and tackling the Climate Emergency.
Councillors have this week approved spending plans for the 2022-23 financial year at the annual budget council meetings.
Senior Lib Dems in B&NES are calling for lateral flow device tests (LFDs) to continue to be provided to the public free of charge. Councillor Dine Romero warned that the introduction of charges – reported to be under consideration by the government – would risk further damaging the economy and pushing costs onto those least able to pay.
Proposed cuts to local bus services – due to come into effect on 30 January 2022 – have been mitigated following intensive work between local authorities and bus companies.
Some proposed cuts have been cancelled, including the number 8 (Kingsway) and number 178 (Radstock to Bristol) services, which will continue unamended for now. However, some other local services will see amended routes, stops and timetables.