Scrutiny committee urges council chief to reconsider bus link decision

Bucks Free Press: Ccrutiny committee urges council chief to reconsider bus link decision Ccrutiny committee urges council chief to reconsider bus link decision

A SCRUTINY committee has urged a council chief to reconsider her decision to select a residential road as the preferred route for a bus link.

Buckinghamshire County Council’s Environment, Transport and Locality Services Select Committee has asked Cllr Janet Blake to re-evaluate her decision to name Daws Lea as the best route for the link.

BCC’s Cabinet Member for Planning & Transportation announced in October that the no-through road was the number one option for the Daws Hill Area Travel Link to the Handy Cross Hub.

The project would cost about £2.3m – but that does not include land and property costs, as a family home would have to be demolished.

The scrutiny committee agreed with Cllr Lesley Clarke, who called in the decision, that there had been a lack of consultation with residents.

Members recommended that Cllr Blake should re-evaluate the cost of the proposed project and the impact it could have on residents.

They also suggested the Cabinet member should make her decision after taking into account an Equalities Impact Assessment, which was not available at the time the original ruling was made.

The committee has given Cllr Blake until the end of January to decide whether or not she would like to amend her original decision.

The ultimate decision rests with a Cabinet member - but they are requested to write to the committee and explain their decision if they decide to go against the recommendations put forward by members.

The other option put forward by BCC was to run a route behind Daws Lea parallel to the M40 which would cost an estimated £4.7m.

It forms part of BCC’s wider South Quadrant Transport Strategy.

But the Daws Hill Neighbourhood Forum has not only questioned the business case of the project but also its perceived benefits – stating buses already use Daws Hill Lane and Marlow Hill to Handy Cross at no cost.

DHNF chairman Stewart Armstrong said: "Surely these monies, whether from tax payers or funded by developers, could be spent more wisely.

"It seems totally disproportionate to direct such a level of funds at a few bus passengers each hour.”

Click here to read the Committee's ruling in full.

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9:09am Sat 21 Dec 13

Phredd says...

"It seems totally disproportionate to direct such a level of funds at a few bus passengers each hour."

She's just mirroring, on a smaller scale, what the government intend to do with HS2.
"It seems totally disproportionate to direct such a level of funds at a few bus passengers each hour." She's just mirroring, on a smaller scale, what the government intend to do with HS2. Phredd

2:57pm Sat 21 Dec 13

williamjames says...

This is a good example of a committed councillor listening to and representing those that she represents.
There are some that treat being a councillor as a way to serve the community and not as an ego trip.
This is a good example of a committed councillor listening to and representing those that she represents. There are some that treat being a councillor as a way to serve the community and not as an ego trip. williamjames

8:36pm Sat 21 Dec 13

Agniesca says...

Which ever route is finally chosen, Daws Hill cannot cope with the existing traffic volumes, and that is before the Sports Centre and RAF Daws Hill developments discharge more cars into the local network.
Which ever route is finally chosen, Daws Hill cannot cope with the existing traffic volumes, and that is before the Sports Centre and RAF Daws Hill developments discharge more cars into the local network. Agniesca

11:38pm Sat 21 Dec 13

BOOKERite says...

'The scrutiny committee agreed with Cllr Lesley Clarke, who called in the decision, that there had been a lack of consultation with the residents.'

Did Cllr Lesley Clarke consult with the residents of Booker when she wanted to decimate the area by building a b****y great stadium on the adjacent greenbelt land and also 500 plus houses? Just a tad hypocritical?
'The scrutiny committee agreed with Cllr Lesley Clarke, who called in the decision, that there had been a lack of consultation with the residents.' Did Cllr Lesley Clarke consult with the residents of Booker when she wanted to decimate the area by building a b****y great stadium on the adjacent greenbelt land and also 500 plus houses? Just a tad hypocritical? BOOKERite

9:35am Sun 22 Dec 13

Agniesca says...

To my recollection the stadium was not built, which implies a high level of opposition to the plans put forward by the Wycombe planning department.
To my recollection the stadium was not built, which implies a high level of opposition to the plans put forward by the Wycombe planning department. Agniesca

11:35pm Sun 22 Dec 13

BOOKERite says...

You are correct, it was not built because hundreds of people fought against it. My comment was that she is complaining that there has been no consultation, about the Daws Lea plans which is exactly what she didn't do back then.
You are correct, it was not built because hundreds of people fought against it. My comment was that she is complaining that there has been no consultation, about the Daws Lea plans which is exactly what she didn't do back then. BOOKERite

2:39am Tue 31 Dec 13

Dickitdo says...

williamjames wrote:
This is a good example of a committed councillor listening to and representing those that she represents.
There are some that treat being a councillor as a way to serve the community and not as an ego trip.
So what went wrong here then?
[quote][p][bold]williamjames[/bold] wrote: This is a good example of a committed councillor listening to and representing those that she represents. There are some that treat being a councillor as a way to serve the community and not as an ego trip.[/p][/quote]So what went wrong here then? Dickitdo

12:36pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Mr Loose Cannon says...

So why does BCC, supported by WDC, favour building a new bus road at a cost of £4-5m over using existing roads at nil cost?
There is obviously something they are not telling us.
So why does BCC, supported by WDC, favour building a new bus road at a cost of £4-5m over using existing roads at nil cost? There is obviously something they are not telling us. Mr Loose Cannon

3:33am Wed 8 Jan 14

Dickitdo says...

Mr Loose Cannon wrote:
So why does BCC, supported by WDC, favour building a new bus road at a cost of £4-5m over using existing roads at nil cost?
There is obviously something they are not telling us.
Could this possibly be the route into the new sports facility that is to be built at Handy Cross? .
[quote][p][bold]Mr Loose Cannon[/bold] wrote: So why does BCC, supported by WDC, favour building a new bus road at a cost of £4-5m over using existing roads at nil cost? There is obviously something they are not telling us.[/p][/quote]Could this possibly be the route into the new sports facility that is to be built at Handy Cross? . Dickitdo

1:01am Fri 10 Jan 14

Dickitdo says...

Dickitdo wrote:
Mr Loose Cannon wrote:
So why does BCC, supported by WDC, favour building a new bus road at a cost of £4-5m over using existing roads at nil cost?
There is obviously something they are not telling us.
Could this possibly be the route into the new sports facility that is to be built at Handy Cross? .
OH I forgot to mention the planned Transport Hub and Bus Station
[quote][p][bold]Dickitdo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mr Loose Cannon[/bold] wrote: So why does BCC, supported by WDC, favour building a new bus road at a cost of £4-5m over using existing roads at nil cost? There is obviously something they are not telling us.[/p][/quote]Could this possibly be the route into the new sports facility that is to be built at Handy Cross? .[/p][/quote]OH I forgot to mention the planned Transport Hub and Bus Station Dickitdo

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