Friday, 16 October 2015

European Research suggests P&R will make significant impact on city centre traffic

We support an eastern park and ride as this type of facility close to the city centre has been show to significantly reduce the number of vehicles that enter the city centre. 

The European Journal of Transport and Infrastructure Research figures suggest a P&R of 1400 spaces as proposed in Bathampton will see over a quarter of a million fewer vehicles entering Bath per year as a result.

We believe the damage to peoples health should take priority over a view. 

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

The Eastern Park and Ride Consultation

If members want to see an Eastern Park and Ride included in the measures designed to reduce pollution in the City they need, before the 18th October 2015, to respond to the councils consultation, tell our MP and our Councillors or the consultation will be heavily distorted by the organised lobbies set up to opposed such a move.

It is important that the voice of City Centre resident's is heard as loudly as those from outside Bath. It is those in the City Centre whose health is being damaged by pollution.

We believe people's health is more important than the views from a relatively small number of houses.

Sunday, 11 October 2015

A Response to the Eastern Park and Ride Proposals

We strongly support the need for Park-and-Ride facilities to the east of the City.

We prefer the site which has the greatest capacity and which is most potential for later expansion. On the information supplied that appears to be Site F. However, it is extremely difficult for the average citizen to evaluate the pros and cons of the three sites.  An expert would take at least a day even given all the necessary data.  The council should have carried out this evaluation, come to a conclusion and recommendation and put that out to consultation

The selected site should operate for 7 days a week until late, with secure overnight parking, to enable its use by evening visitors and those staying overnight in Bath. The public transport to and from the city centre should use low emission vehicles, and be inexpensive to use.

Our concern is pollution and its reduction in the short term. One of the factors that increases pollution in the city centre is people driving around the city seeking somewhere to park. While we applaud the plans to build more out of town parking, we also recognise that people need to and want to drive their cars into the city.

We therefore believe that it is important to have better planning for what to do with vehicles coming into the city that need to park. We would therefore like to see:
  • More parking capacity in the city centre, perhaps by adding another layer above or below Charlotte Street
  • An end to giving planning consent to hotel developments which have no parking provision
  • A proper strategy for managing coaches visiting the city
  • A firm principle that parking spaces cannot be removed without a plan to provide additional capacity elsewhere
  • That on street parking should be primarily for residents' use but with clear allocation of bays that businesses can use for their customer loading and collecting

Our research also shows that a key factor in reducing pollution from vehicles in the city centre is reducing the amount of stop start driving they do. This means removing unnecessary obstructions, for instance, reducing the number of traffic lights, and ensuring traffic lights are better coordinated to avoid the build-up of queues.

Friday, 2 October 2015

Bath City Forum

Clearly the Bath City Forum is not an ideal solution nor does it go very far in addressing the Bath governance issue.

However, creating a subcommittee of the Council made up of Councillors with Bath city constituencies to focus on Bath city issues and make authoritative proposals to full council about the how to address city problems and opportunities does make some sense.

To assist in this work it might also have made sense to set up links between key organisations in the city, such as the BID, CCAG, BTP, Police etc., and forum members. This might, in part, have been achieved by inviting groups to nominate representatives to sit in on Forum discussions.

We are considerably less clear why the council has gone down the route of advertising for individuals to apply for co-option to the subcommittee. The pool created are self selected and represent only themselves. And who gets to select from this rather narrow pool who will actually be co-opted to membership of the Forum? How can they be deselected? Who, if anyone, will they feel answerable to?