Friday, 2 September 2011

A bit of a row about process

There's a new row brewing over the council's long running discussion of buses and the reimbursement rate paid to operators for carrying free pass holders.

After the inquiry day held a couple of weeks ago, the issue now goes to the Environment and Economy scrutiny committee to be held next Wednesday. The agenda for that meeting has been published, but the relevant paper is marked 'to follow'.

Travelwatch SouthWest is a user group which has provided some excellent advice and information to councillors as we try to get to the bottom of this issue. Not surprisingly, they want to have their say to the scrutiny committee on Wednesday. The rules state, however, that they need to get their comments in by noon today. But, says Travelwatch director Gordon Edwards, how can they do that if they don't know what the paper they are commenting on says?


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