Public tells council to save - and spend - money on transport
Council chiefs have been given potentially mixed messages in a consultation exercise on public spending in Bath.
More than 100 people have submitted their thoughts to Bath and North East Somerset Council as the authority prepares to set its budget for the next financial year.
The council is expecting to have to make £30 million of savings in the next three years and has already come up with a raft of measures including the closure of some public toilets and the introduction of charges for touring exhibitions at the Victoria Art Gallery.
Asked what should the council do less of, the most popular suggestion was a reduction in “expensive highways/infrastructure projects”, which may have reflected concern over the cost of the Bath Transportation Package.
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But highways, cycle lanes, streets and public transport were also high on a list of services which people thought should be protected.
The highest priority for people taking part in the online and postal consultation was to protect the civic art gallery - which got more votes even than safeguarding services for children and young people.
The consultation ran during November, December and January.
The results will be discussed by a council watchdog panel next Monday.
The resources scrutiny panel will be told that plans to dramatically reduce the number of council meetings had been revised amid fears that councillors would lose all power to scrutinise decisions.