Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Labour Council establishes of Public Transport Group - A huge step forward

Hyndburn Borough Council have established a new Transport Forum. A move by the new Leader Miles Parkinson that is a very postive and democratic move. A forum that is long overdue and which the new Council have responded quickly too.

In a statement the new Labour Council has stated that "The Borough Council would wish to be in a position where it could influence the outcome of those initiatives. The purpose of the Public Transport Group would therefore be to consider the issues surrounding those initiatives, with a view to ensuring that the schemes met the needs of the Borough and did not have an adverse impact on local residents."

I believe public transport is essential to social mobility and increase work capability, to reduce congestion and pollution and according the Chamber of Commerce and lcoal businesses, help the local economy.

There are significant number of large infrastructure projects being considered at regional and national levels and it is important the public, the industry, other professionals and Councillors sit down and look at these important public transport issues.

These schemes include Pennine Reach, Accrington Bus Station and Great Harwood Interchange,the reinstatement of the Todmorden Curve (rail improvement), potential improvements to M65 or A56, Blackburn Road, Accrington and Whinney Hill Link Road.


I reacll vividly the old forum being scrapped back in 2006 which led to the bus companies walking out of a Town Centre meeting and refusing to do business with the old adminstration. Hopefully this reverses that retrograde step and gives Hyndburn residents greater involvement and more confidence in that business is being done in a more positive and forward looking way.
The meeting wil take polace on 10.00am - Monday 15th August 2011
QE Room, Scaitcliffe House, Accrington, BB5 0PF
Notes:

Following the 8th June HBC Cabinet, a report was presented (Attached) for the proposed establishment of a 'Cabinet Public Transport Group', the Leader has agreed that the date and time of this first meeting will be as follows.
Resolved

(1) That a Cabinet Public Transport Group be established.

(2) That its terms of reference will be:
  1. To consider key public transport issues being considered at regional and national levels, including Pennine Reach, Accrington Bus Station and Great Harwood Interchange, the reinstatement of the Todmorden Curve (rail improvement), potential improvements to M65 or A56, Blackburn Road, Accrington and Whinney Hill Link Road, with a view to ensuring that the schemes meet the needs of the Borough and do not have an adverse impact on local residents.
  2. To report on developments and key emerging issues, as necessary.
(3) That the Group will comprise:

Representatives of Hyndburn Borough Council: Councillor Miles Parkinson (Chair); Councillor Bernard Dawson, Tim O'Kane, a Conservative Group nominee and an Independents in Hyndburn nominee.

Elected members of Lancashire County Council

Appropriate officers from Hyndburn Borough Council, Lancashire County Council and other organisations, as appropriate

Representatives of public transport organisations including local bus operating companies and rail companies (network and rail services).

Representatives of user groups where appropriate.