B&NES Council’s Communities, Transport and Environment committee will hold a scrutiny day on the 22nd of March at the Guildhall, from 10:00am – 4:30pm, it has been announced.
Lib Dem Group Leader, Councillor Dine Romero (Southdown), commented:
“I am very concerned that this committee review process is being limited to one working day. Six and a half hours is not long enough to cover all the issues in any meaningful way.”
“We have already raised these concerns with the Chairman of the committee – Councillor John Bull – and we are calling for the scrutiny process to be extended to a series of meetings, to ensure that every angle can be considered fully.”
“Clarification is also needed as to the role of the local development framework steering group in this process. Whose guidance will the Conservatives follow – if any?”
Bathavon North Councillor, Alison Millar (Lib Dem), added:
“Residents will rightly be suspicious that, with this extremely brief scrutiny process, the Conservative Cabinet is merely paying lip service to looking at alternative solutions to transport issues here in the east. My fear is that this will be seen as nothing more than a hoop to be jumped through before they continue with their original plan to concrete over Bathampton Meadows.”
“Ideally I would like to hear Tim Warren make a clear commitment to leaving the meadows alone and to working with the local community to find possible solutions. It is good that he is visiting Batheaston on Monday to listen to presentations by local people. I hope these are taken seriously and I am very much looking forward to hearing their ideas.”