Bath and North East Somerset Independent Group 

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Party politics gets in the way of good local government.   It discourages collaboration and puts party compliance before common sense.

Your council can and should be more open and better reflect local concerns.

We live in a wonderful place that could be a 21st Century model for living well.

It's time for change.

We'll work differently.  We will:

  • Hear your views before starting to make plans that affect you;
  • Look for best practice and sound evidence from elsewhere, then use the smartest ideas without  being trapped by party directives;
  • Make the most of the resources we have, rather than waste money on pointless projects.


The Biggest Issues:

Transport: we’ll make it easier to choose cleaner and greener ways to travel to improve air quality, health and wellbeing.   We’ll give buses priority to improve reliability, increase bus use and so help reduce congestion.  We’ll increase the number of public charging points for electric cars to futureproof our streets.  We’ll make park and ride a more attractive choice for commuters, and look at extending it e.g. into Radstock and Keynsham.  We’ll design safer walking and cycling routes and trial the pedestrianisation of Milsom Street.  We’ll support an e-bike share scheme and local e-bike delivery services.  We'll fund these improvements by supporting a Class D Clean Air Zone.

Climate change: every policy will be designed to mitigate the effects on our climate.  This includes transport, waste and recycling, housing design and location, energy generation, green spaces, public realm, health and wellbeing.

Social care:  80% of the budget is spent on social care, so we have to be smarter with our money without cutting quality.  We’ll look at bringing some services back in-house so we’re not lining shareholders’ pockets with council budgets.  We’ll partner with neighbouring councils to give us more buying power.  And we’ll invest in early intervention for children and the elderly to improve wellbeing and reduce long-term costs.

Housing: we need affordable and social housing for local people.  We’ll use the council’s new powers to borrow money to build, and we’ll review every inch of council-owned land to find space for it.

Jobs: We’ll work with our two universities and Bath College to help attract digital, technical, creative and professional companies, providing higher wage jobs for local people.  And we’ll help local companies by buying as much as we can from them.


And:

  • We’ll lobby Government to allow us to charge business rates on Purpose Built Student Accommodation
  • We’ll make more use of our universities to provide technical help and expertise for council projects
  • We’ll convert some council-owned retail space to support pop-ups and markets for local independent businesses

  • We’ll bring together everyone involved in arts and culture in the area to connect, co-ordinate and collaborate in attracting external funding
  • We’ll do more to protect Bath’s World Heritage Status, and smarten up Bath city centre.
  • We’ll work with Save Bath Library and the Bath Novel Awards to explore their ideas to protect and improve our libraries.  

  • We’ll oppose the car parking and the too-high buildings planned for the Rec redevelopment.


For neighbourhood issues, or things which aren’t listed here, ask us by emailing info@bigindependents.org and we’ll get back to you.

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Promoted by Stephen Taylor on behalf of the Bath & Northeast Somerset Independent Group (BIG), both of 10 Russell St, Bath BA1 2QF

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