Papers for next week’s Special Cabinet meeting, which will decide on the location of the East of Bath park and ride, have been published today (Tuesday, 17 January 2017).
The Cabinet is proposing to promote site 'B', on Bathampton Meadows, as the preferred site for the new park and ride, and if this is not deliverable, site 'F', which is also on the Meadows. You can read the full report here: Special Cabinet meeting agenda papers.
Local ward Councillor Alison Millar (Bathavon North) commented:
"This is the day that local residents to the East of Bath have been dreading. Make no mistake, the Special Cabinet meeting next week is merely a show piece; the political decision, by this Conservative Cabinet, has already been thrashed out behind closed doors."
"Along with residents from across the area I remain utterly opposed to building a park and ride on Bathampton Meadows. The Conservative Cabinet’s determination to wreck our environment is incomprehensible."
"This Conservative administration has led residents on for 18 months, with the pretence of a democratic process and a clearly meaningless consultation. Now they are going to make the same decision as before; a decision the Lib Dems cancelled in 2011. A Lib Dem administration would not now be choosing to build a car park on our precious green space."
"The Conservatives claim to have no choice in this decision. That is wrong – they have every choice and have made a political choice to desecrate Bathampton Meadows."
Lib Dem transport spokesperson, Councillor Neil Butters (Bathavon South) added:
"In making this decision, the Conservative Cabinet is going against public opinion, against evidence, against statistics and against common sense. No thorough business case for this car park has been produced and there is no proof that it will reduce congestion in the city or improve air quality."