Lib Dems could have saved time and money
The delay announced by B&NES to the Newbridge Park and Ride extension can only be described as typical Lib Dem council incompetence.
It would be farcical if it were not for the fact it will result in more tax-payer money being wasted, and a delay to much-needed transport improvements.
Having decided nearly two years ago to reduce the size of the park and ride extension from 500 to 250 spaces, the Lib Dems have now suddenly realised they need to submit a whole new planning application to start work on this smaller expansion.
This is just as work is being completed on the Odd Down and Lansdown park and rides, and just when work was expected to start at Newbridge.
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Why is B&NES only submitting this new application now? Why didn't the Lib Dems realise they would have to do this nearly two years ago, saving so much wasted time and money?
On Radio Bristol last week, the Lib Dem councillor in charge of transport admitted that there will be a cost attached to going through the whole planning process all over again. And I would be very surprised if the delay had no impact on the council's contract with the construction company as well, resulting additional costs.
In the meantime, the Newbridge Park and Ride will continue to get full by mid-morning and nothing will be done to alleviate the traffic on Newbridge Road, Upper Bristol Road and into the centre of Bath.
At a time of financial constraint within the council, we can scarcely afford this level of incompetence over issues which should really be pretty straight-forward.
COUNCILLOR ANTHONY CLARKE Cons, Lansdown Bath