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.
Councillor Alison Millar (Lib Dem, Bathavon North) commented:
“It is laudable that the Council appears open to alternative solutions and listening to the public, and I recognise that an enormous amount of work went into preparing the Scrutiny Inquiry Day.”
“However, the lack of opportunity for people to make statements, the minimal time allotted to questions and the fact that decision makers were not present for the whole day, all show that a single day was woefully inadequate to cover this critical and complex matter.”
“The Meadows Alliance gave us compelling evidence of the need to rethink and for the Council to reconsider its approach. The Cabinet needs to take more time to consider this important information presented and should allow the Alliance to present it at Cabinet or Council.”
Lib Dem Group Leader, Councillor Dine Romero (Southdown), commented:
“The Inquiry Day proved that the transport issues are complex and the problems relating to traffic in the East of Bath are many – this point was also picked up by many of the public in their questions and, later in the day, in their statements.”
“One of the most encouraging outcomes from the Inquiry Day was the idea that a variety of part solutions, including small, linked park and rides and rail travel, could be combined to form a fully integrated transport solution. However it was also clear that these elements would need to be considered in more detail.”
“Local campaigners demonstrated that building on any one of the three sites from the Conservative administration’s consultation would cause great harm to the local environment and Bath's World Heritage Setting, and would not actually solve any of the traffic problems.”
“Once again, we urge the Cabinet to reject all plans to build a Park and Ride on Bathampton Meadows.”
The report from the Scrutiny Inquiry Day is due to be published next month before the recommendations are considered by the Cabinet.
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