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Lib Dem Councillors in B&NES have renewed their calls for the Conservative Meadows park and ride plan to be dropped. This follows a 'Scrutiny Inquiry Day' held on 22 March, which was intended to examine a wide range of integrated transport solutions for the East of Bath. However Councillors have said that one day was “woefully inadequate” to cover all the issues and options.
This letter from Lib Dem Councillor Dine Romero of Southdown ward was originally published in the Bath Chronicle on 17 March 2016.
The government has today (16 March 2016) announced the creation of a new “West of England Mayoral Authority”, which will create a new directly elected Mayor for the former Avon area.
Lib Dem Councillors in B&NES are bringing the debate over Britain’s membership of the European Union to the Council Chamber. A motion endorsing Britain’s continued membership of the EU has been registered by Councillor Paul Crossley. This will be discussed by Councillors at the next meeting of Council, which takes place on Wednesday 23 March 2016 at 6.30 p.m.
Lib Dem Councillors in B&NES are calling for funding earmarked for a possible 2016 Mayoral election to be reallocated to support community services.
The results of the referendum on how B&NES Council should be run have been announced. 30,557 B&NES residents voted in favour of the maintaining status quo of the Leader and Cabinet system; only 8,054 voted in favour of moving to a Directly Elected Mayor system. The turnout was 28.97%, with 38,672 votes being cast.
This letter from Lib Dem Councillor Lisa Brett of Walcot ward was originally published in the Western Daily Press on 7 March 2016 and in the Bath Chronicle on 10 March 2016.
This letter from Lib Dem Councillor Dine Romero of Southdown ward was originally published in the Bath Chronicle on 10 March 2016.
Councillor Dine Romero, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group on B&NES Council:
How would you like Bath and North East Somerset Council to be run? That’s the question facing local residents next week. Should we stick with the status quo: a Council run by a Leader and Cabinet chosen by voters at local elections? Or should we have our own George or even Boris, set above Councillors?
B&NES Councillors met this evening to discuss the Council budget for the 2016-17 financial year. The budget includes £12M of savings as well as a 3.25% hike in the level of Council Tax residents will be expected to pay. This comes on top of already announced hikes in the precepts charged by the Fire Service, the Police and Crime Commissioner and Parish Councils.