Bath & North East Somerset Council has extended the consultation period on plans for a new east of Bath Park & Ride site to give people more chance to have their say.
The public consultation was originally due to run until early October, however the deadline has now been extended to Sunday 18th October.
Members of the public are encouraged to share their views by visiting the online consultation page where you can see plans for the different sites and compare their benefits and challenges: www.bathnes.gov.uk/eastpandr.
Over 500 people have already responded to the online consultation and at the public drop-in event held at Bathampton Village Hall on Saturday 19th September.
Cllr Tim Warren (Conservative, Mendip), Leader of Bath & North East Somerset Council, said: “We’re really pleased that so many people have already shared their views with us, but we want to ensure that as many people as possible have the chance to have their say.
“That’s why we’re extending the consultation period to 18 October and holding a further two public drop-in events.
“We’d like to see even more local residents come along to these events or take part in the online consultation.
“These plans form a key part of the Council’s wider strategy to improve transport, tackle congestion and reduce air pollution levels in and around Bath.
“We want people to take a look at the potential sites and give us their views to help us to choose the preferred location.”
The next public consultation drop-in event looking at possible sites for the new park and ride to the East of Bath takes place on Tuesday 22nd September from 4pm to 8pm at The Guildhall in Bath, this will be followed up with a third event at Rhymes Pavilion, Batheaston on Tuesday 29th September, from 3pm to 7pm.
Cllr Anthony Clarke (Conservative, Lansdown), Cabinet Member for Transport, said: “The three sites we’re consulting on have been assessed and identified by the Council’s transport officers as the most viable of the seven originally considered.
“We do not have a preference for which of these three sites should be taken forward – we want to hear which site residents believe would be the most appropriate location and deliver the most benefit in terms of improving transport.”
The consultation will run until 18th October. At the end of the consultation, officers will analyse the results, which will be put before councillors in November for a decision.
Once a preferred site has been chosen it will be included in the Placemaking Plan later this year.