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The following statements were submitted as public forum and were noted:
1. Referral from Audit Committee
2. Public statements on transport Issues from David Redgewell, Rob Dixon, Christina Biggs and Gavin Smith
3. Public statement on rail Issues from David Redgewell, Martin Cinamond, Nigel Bray and Jenny Raggett
4. Public statement on implications of EU funding for transport from David Redgewell
In response to concerns about the cutbacks to the bus network and in particular the no.18 bus servicing Southmead Hospital, Councillor Pearce reported that as the previous Chair of OSM Board, he had written to the transport lead Executive Members in BCC and South Glos. about the supported bus networks around Bristol. It was agreed that the Place Scrutiny Commission would do the same. ACTION: Johanna Holmes/ Councillor English/ Councillor Pearce
It was suggested that Supported Bus Services would be added to the list of work programme items to be discussed at the scrutiny workshop on the 9th September. ACTION: Johanna Holmes
In response to the other transport concerns (including Metrobus works and coach parking) a position statement would be produced for the next meeting. ACTION: Johanna Holmes/ Barra MacRuairi
Another note would be produced for circulation to confirm the conditions regarding transport arrangements attached to the Southmead Hospital development assessing what had been achieved and what had not. ACTION: Johanna Holmes/ Barra MacRuairi
Members asked officers to ensure Cabinet Members with responsibility for elements of the scope of the Scrutiny Commission are invited to the meetings and try to attend. ACTION: Sam Mahony
With regards to rail issues, concern was raised within the statements that investment was limited and a lot of EU grants would be lost due to the result of the EU referendum. This could affect disabled access to stations, as well as the development of Temple Meads station.
Officers reassured the commission that Cabinet members and senior officers continued to meet with representatives of Network Rail and make representations to the Transport Secretary to keep investment in Temple Meads Station on the agenda.
The public forum statements were noted.