Posted by: John Brace | 30th December 2019

Cllr Simic describes Liverpool City Council response to 82C, 82D and 86D bus route campaign as a “bit inhuman” and that Liverpool City Council are behaving like “bureaucrats”

Cllr Simic describes Liverpool City Council response to 82C, 82D and 86D bus route campaign as a “bit inhuman” and that Liverpool City Council are behaving like “bureaucrats”

                                 

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Regeneration and Sustainability Select Committee (Liverpool City Council) 19th December 2019 Part 1 of 4

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Regeneration and Sustainability Select Committee (Liverpool City Council) 19th December 2019 Part 2 of 4

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Regeneration and Sustainability Select Committee (Liverpool City Council) 19th December 2019 Part 3 of 4

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Regeneration and Sustainability Select Committee (Liverpool City Council) 19th December 2019 Part 4 of 4

Cllr Simic addresses a meeting of Liverpool City Council’s Regeneration and Sustainability Select Committee 19th December 2019

Cllr Simic addresses a meeting of Liverpool City Council’s Regeneration and Sustainability Select Committee 19th December 2019

Before this story starts about a public meeting of Liverpool City Council’s Regeneration and Sustainability Select Committee held on the 19th December 2019 (that you can watch above) a bit of explanation is first required.

The meeting heard from campaigners against changes to the 82C (Speke or Liverpool South Parkway to Liverpool), 82D (Speke or Liverpool South Parkway to Liverpool) and 86D (Liverpool John Lennon Airport or Garston or Liverpool South Parkway or Childwall to Liverpool) bus routes, but to explain what is happening and the connection to the Liverpool City Centre Connectivity Scheme, below is video of a public meeting of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority held on the 20th October 2017 (that should start at the right point).

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Liverpool City Region Combined Authority 20th October 2017 (starting at Liverpool City Centre Connectivity item)

The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority agreed £38.4 million to improve pedestrian and cycling facilities in Liverpool City Centre and to reduce vehicles on key streets. Liverpool City Council was to contribute £6.3 million to the Scheme.

Later, Liverpool City Council discovered structural weaknesses in the Churchill Way flyovers that had to be demolished. As the financial cost of this put Liverpool City Council’s contribution to the Liverpool City Centre Connectivity Scheme at risk, the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority were asked to agree to provide an extra £1.75 million, for the Strand element of it to be dropped and for there also to be a six month delay in overall completion of the project. As you can watch below the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority agreed to this variation in November 2019.

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Liverpool City Region Combined Authority 1st November 2019 (starting at Liverpool City Centre Connectivity Scheme variations item)

The City Centre Connectivity Scheme now includes Victoria Street, Tithebarn Street, Moorfields, Lime Street and St George’s, City Centre Bus Hub, Brownlow Hill, Canning Dock Bridges and the City Centre Coach Park.

The proposed changes to Lime Street (part of the Liverpool City Centre Connectivity Scheme) led to concerns and the campaign about the 82C, 82D and 86D bus routes.

In a meeting that got rowdy at times, Cllr Simic had this to say about Liverpool City Council, “OK, I understand that there are proper procedures and how to do this petition correctly also. Here we are elected Members, we have to acknowledge that there is a massive desire from the public about this issue. So in a sense, it does seem a bit inhuman in a sense from us, to say oh no we are bureaucrats, this is the way we operate and that’s it. You know, here is the people who are really passionate about the issue, so and you know it’s almost Christmas as well. Why would we want them now tomorrow to go and submit this? So I would suggest that we take this petition, we that work in the Council and to take it with us to me that makes more sense. But I also noticed that with the Environment Committee that I chair with the environment and climate change there is a lot of public desire to be involved, and of course these committees aren’t really that well for the public I feel. So I think we need to kind of create a different kind of forum as well where the issues such as climate emergency or the regeneration and sustainability can be addressed as a Council. This is something I already said at the Committee that I chair, but I think generally speaking we need to kind of be a bit more inclusive of the public in terms of democratic process.”

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Responses

  1. I am sick and tired of hearing about climate change, one day the people will wake up to the fact its all about money and who benefits, most of the time it will be people who work in government post who need to justify their positions, so come up with scaremongering, The planet will look after its self as it has done for millions of years, the biggest problem we have at the moment is plastic waste, we need to deal with that.
    And i will say it again we need to get rid of councils and let central government run the country

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