PETITION: TO STOP THE CONSERVATIVE CONTROLLED COUNTY COUNCIL CLOSING TAUNTON PARK-AND-RIDEs, AND TO FIND ALTERNATIVE SOLUTIONS
The move to close the P&R facilities at Silk Mills and Gateway, at Ruishton, has been discussed behind closed doors at Somerset County Council and could be approved by the Conservative cabinet as soon as September, to save £140K/year. This is 1% of the savings needed. On average over 37,000 trips are made each month by people using the park and ride facilities, which would equate to over 1,000 cars per day. Plans for a third park and ride operation at Monkton Heathfield have also been dropped.
The Cabinet Member for Environment at the County Council in 2009, Conservative Cllr. Trollope-Bellew stated that, “This project [P&R] is part of the long-term vision to reduce the growth of traffic congestion in Taunton”. How would closing all P&R’s in the county town reduce traffic in Taunton? Clearly the vision is lost.
Closing the P&Rs will mean yet more cars coming into Taunton, on a daily basis, leading to a massive increase in parking problems and increased pollution in the form of dangerous diesel particulates and nitrous oxides in the town centre. Plus, the Conservative controlled Councils have spent over £1 million on electronic signs directing people to car parks that are closing, like Coal Orchard.
Taunton Deane Liberal Democrats are campaigning for a really effective network of public transport to solve our traffic and pollution problems. We urge the Council to consider alternatives, like allowing small retail and car wash businesses at the sites to plug the funding gap.
We hope this is not a cynical move to sell off once greenfield land for a quick buck now it’s been developed.
Please sign our petition to delay any decision until further research has been carried out into alternatives to closure.
WE THE UNDERSIGNED CALL ON THE CONSERVATIVE CONTROLLED COUNTY COUNCIL TO RECONSIDER CLOSING THE COUNTY TOWN'S PARK AND RIDES AND INSTEAD INCREASE THEIR USE BY MAKING THEM MORE ATTRACTIVE AS PART OF A BETTER PUBLIC TRANSPORT STRATEGY FOR THE SAKE OF OUR ROADS AND THE LOCAL ENVIRONMENT.
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