Thank you so much to everyone who supported our public meeting last night. We welcomed the chance to put our points across to Council Leader Tim Warren and Cabinet Member Martin Veal outside of the constraints of the Council chamber. Our next steps are to publish the speeches then collate the questions left by Bath residents. These questions will be sent to the council and answers tracked on our website.
Speeches Now Available (click on the title below to view the PDFs):
Across our city, people are saying BATH DESERVES BETTER.
But, what has made the people of Bath so angry and turned our city into a hotbed of protest and demonstration, the like of which has not been seen in Bath for years? This is not about austerity or national policies; this is about the behaviour of the Conservative leadership of B&NES council, which we believe is letting our beautiful city down.
Projects like the East of Bath Park & Ride and the proposal to move the Central Library threaten to waste £millions of taxpayers’ money at the same time as vital services, and subsidies to the Arts that help make Bath great, are being cut. Yet the Conservative-led council continues to show disrespect for the Bath electorate. Multi-million pound decisions are made before consulting people properly or looking at the evidence. They are also being made without a business case, something that would never be tolerated in the private sector. These pre-determined and reckless decisions are then defended with misleading statements and invalid arguments, while the real facts and the voices of concerned citizens are ignored.
Campaign groups across the city believe that BATH DESERVES BETTER and we have a right to expect higher standards from our elected representatives. We believe that the current leadership of this council has failed to abide by the Nolan principles governing public life.
The Nolan Principles say that Bath Councillors must act with;
- Selflessness (acting solely in the public interest)
- Integrity (avoiding any obligation to people or organisations that might influence their work)
- Objectivity (taking decisions impartially using the best evidence available)
- Accountability (submitting themselves to scrutiny to ensure they are accountable)
- Openness (taking decisions in an open and transparent way)
- Honesty (always being truthful)
- Leadership (supporting these principles and challenging poor behaviour)
BATH DESERVES BETTER is not a political party, nor do we receive funding from any political party. We are individuals, each with our own political views, but we see the damage that is being done to our city and will vote for whoever is best able to stop this behaviour.