Update February 2018
The Valley Parishes Alliance, representing parishes in the World Heritage Site Setting East of Bath, has recently issued a submission to the Transport Secretary concerning the possible proposals for link roads East of Bath. The BPT’s position over the years has been consistent with the VPA’s approach which, while opposing a link road immediately East of Bath on grounds that there evidence that it will not solve Bath’s traffic problems and that it would cause unacceptable environmental damage, actively supports the enhancement of the A350 for long distance North-South traffic.
Update July 2017
We are delighted to announce that B&NES has dropped plans for the East of Bath Park & Ride. Sadly £3.3 million has been spent on this project so far but in environmental terms this is a great result for the World Heritage Site.
Update March 2017
B&NES Cabinet decided on 25 January to take forward either Sites B 0r F as an east of Bath Park & Ride site (despite strong representations made by BPT and other opposition groups including the Bathampton Meadows Alliance). This decision was subsequently ‘called-in’ for scrutiny by councillors as there were widespread concerns regarding the information held in the briefing report on which Cabinet based their decision. On 23 February the Scrutiny Day was held, and again BPT and other groups put forward strong arguments detailing how and where the briefing report was misleading and inaccurate. The Panel voted, mostly along party lines, to uphold the Cabinet decision. You can read more on this issue and our detailed public statements here:
Update January 2017
B&NES announced yesterday (18 Jan) at a closed press conference that they are putting forward to Cabinet (on 25 January), sites B and F on the Bathampton Meadows as options for an east park and ride site. BPT remains strongly opposed to any such development until B&NES can provide robust evidence that the significant harm to the setting of the WHS and the green belt is outweighed by quantified public benefit. You can see a clip from ITV local news here.
The Trust took part in the Transport Scrutiny Day on 22 March where a number of speakers including Caroline Kay made presentations on aspects of the Bath Transport Strategy including the east of Bath park and ride proposals. The day was webcast and you can view the speakers online by following this link: http://www.bathnes.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/218882. You can view the Trust’s position presented by Caroline Kay here: BPT Transport Scrutiny Day March 2016, as well as a summary of our submission: BPT summary submission to scrutiny day, our formal consultation response: BPT East Park & Ride consultation response 15-10-15 and the Trust’s paper on Traffic from 2005: BPT Trust Paper on Traffic 2005
The Councils ‘Transport Scrutiny day’ report has been recently published. The report will be presented to Cabinet on Wednesday 4 May and then they will have 8 weeks to consider their response.
The scrutiny report and the LDF report do however conclude
The links to the reports from the day and the Cabinet briefing are below. The Trust will continue to monitor developments on this issue and we also continue to assert that extensive empirical data gathered locally and regionally is the only way that B&NES can demonstrate the need and that public benefit would outweigh the significant harm of such a development.
The Trust has responded to the recent consultation on the East of Bath Park and Ride. Until B&NES can demonstrate that the public benefits outweighs the significant harm to the Green Belt and setting of the World Heritage city, the Trust remains opposed to any of the three sites in the east of Bath. The key issue is the lack of specific empirical evidence by B&NES to support their proposals, particularly in light of recent studies which go some way to discrediting the traffic benefits of park and ride schemes, and the established fact that such schemes displace consumers away from public transport and back into their cars, which is opposed to long term transport strategy. You can read our full response to the consultation here: BPT East Park & Ride consultation response 15-10-15.
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