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New Council leader must rethink priorities for B&NES

The new Leader of Bath and North East Somerset Council needs to urgently rethink the Administration’s priorities for the area, say opposition councillors.

B&NES Council will next month formally elect a new leader following the surprise resignation last week of Cllr Dine Romero, who has held the position since May 2019.

As a result of the shock resignation, the Council’s opposition Conservative Group is urging the Liberal Democrat Administration, and whoever is elected leader, to urgently reassess their skewed priorities for B&NES.

Their draconian plans to completely restrict access to Bath city centre will leave residents unable to park their cars outside their properties, receive deliveries to their doors or be dropped off at their doorsteps by taxis late at night. They will also result in Blue Badge holders having to park in Council car parks rather than outside their homes.

Although the Conservative Group supports the principle of Low-Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs), and recognises the need to reduce pollution levels in Bath, the introduction of LTNs may result in the displacement of traffic to areas already congested, restrictions on movement for those with mobility problems and unnecessary obstacles for local businesses trying to return to normal as we begin to recover from the pandemic.

A lack of consultation over proposed Active Travel schemes and the decision to charge residents to recycle material at the Household Waste Recycling Centre could also have seriously detrimental effects of residents.

Environmental issues are important, and the Conservative Group welcomed the introduction last month of the Bath Clean Air Zone, which began its life under a Conservative Administration.

But the current Liberal Democrat Administration’s decision to prioritise dealing with environmental issues above post-pandemic economic recovery is, the Conservative Group says, a serious misjudgement which shows how hopelessly out of touch they are with the needs of residents.

Cllr Paul Myers, Leader of the Conservative Group on Bath and North East Somerset Council, said: “We were surprised to hear of the resignation of Cllr Romero after just two years as Leader of the Council, and we wish her well in future endeavours.

“However, far from offering an opportunity to Green Party elements in the Lib Dem camp to demand ever more extreme measures, this offers a perfect opportunity for the Administration to take stock and reflect upon the damage some of their policies are having on the people of Bath and North East Somerset.

“The misguided and dogmatic pursuit of their anti-motoring agenda along with policies that will see parking charges increase and new charges apply at the recycling centre will only be detrimental to residents and businesses.

“This at a time when the Council should be doing all it possibly can to support people as we begin to recover from the pandemic, while of course recognising the importance of the climate emergency.

“We are therefore calling on the Administration to rethink their policies for B&NES and the serious long-term consequences for residents and businesses of sacrificing the local economy and jobs in order to win the badge as the country’s premier Climate Emergency zealots.”

  1. Council urged to act to help improve children’s wellbeing post-COVID Comments Off on Council urged to act to help improve children’s wellbeing post-COVID
  2. Council urged to resist including private cars in clean air zone charges Comments Off on Council urged to resist including private cars in clean air zone charges
  3. Proposed changes to parking rules will hit motorists hard Comments Off on Proposed changes to parking rules will hit motorists hard
  4. Budget proposals reveal Lib Dems’ ‘skewed priorities’ for B&NES Comments Off on Budget proposals reveal Lib Dems’ ‘skewed priorities’ for B&NES
  5. Council should rethink ‘draconian’ anti-motoring plans following reduction in terror threat level Comments Off on Council should rethink ‘draconian’ anti-motoring plans following reduction in terror threat level
  6. Lib Dems make ‘catastrophic mistake’ by selling public building at knock-down price Comments Off on Lib Dems make ‘catastrophic mistake’ by selling public building at knock-down price
  7. Liveable Neighbourhoods plan will leave parts of Bath unliveable, Tories claim Comments Off on Liveable Neighbourhoods plan will leave parts of Bath unliveable, Tories claim
  8. Lib Dems accused of using terrorism threat to further anti-motoring agenda Comments Off on Lib Dems accused of using terrorism threat to further anti-motoring agenda
  9. Labour ‘scaremongering’ over free school meals Comments Off on Labour ‘scaremongering’ over free school meals
  10. Work to reopen Batheaston river path Comments Off on Work to reopen Batheaston river path
  11. Lib Dems accused of trying to conceal plans for bigger Council Tax rise Comments Off on Lib Dems accused of trying to conceal plans for bigger Council Tax rise
  12. Lib Dems and Labour offer ‘no solutions’ to Council’s budget challenge – only higher taxes on residents Comments Off on Lib Dems and Labour offer ‘no solutions’ to Council’s budget challenge – only higher taxes on residents
  13. Councillors back new funding formula that will see B&NES schools gain £3.7 million Comments Off on Councillors back new funding formula that will see B&NES schools gain £3.7 million
  14. Next steps for Modern Libraries programme – Scrutiny panel endorses Bath Library plans, Cabinet to consider response to Community Libraries Comments Off on Next steps for Modern Libraries programme – Scrutiny panel endorses Bath Library plans, Cabinet to consider response to Community Libraries
  15. Lib Dems slated over ‘financial illiteracy’ Comments Off on Lib Dems slated over ‘financial illiteracy’
  16. B&NES to consider Council Tax discounts for foster carers Comments Off on B&NES to consider Council Tax discounts for foster carers
  17. Lib Dems slammed for ‘reckless and irresponsible’ Bath Library stance Comments Off on Lib Dems slammed for ‘reckless and irresponsible’ Bath Library stance
  18. New Cabinet Member sets out transport vision for Bath Comments Off on New Cabinet Member sets out transport vision for Bath
  19. ‘No blanket CPOs at Foxhill’ – Council Leader pledges Comments Off on ‘No blanket CPOs at Foxhill’ – Council Leader pledges