This site was established while I was a Member of Parliament. As Parliament has been dissolved there are no Members of Parliament until after the Election on 7th May 2015


19 MAR 2012

Committee threatens rapid transit

Decision-making fix risks council's reputation

A 'rushed and ill-thought out' change to decision-making at South Gloucestershire Council could risk funding for a major transport scheme, according to local MP Jack Lopresti who campaigned in Parliament for the investment to the local area.

South Gloucestershire Council's Labour Group has called a vote at next week's Council meeting (Wednesday 21st March) on changing the decision-making system from the current Cabinet system back to old-style Committee system without any public consultation.

At the moment, the Cabinet Member for Transport sits on the West of England Joint Transport Executive Committee (JTEC), which includes all four councils that make up the former Avon area – where major sub-regional decisions on transport are made.

The government has rewarded this close partnership working between the authorities by provisionally approving a series of major transport schemes, including the North Fringe to Hengrove Package (NFHP) rapid transit scheme.

But under the Committee System, no-one councillor would be in charge of transport and South Gloucestershire councillors could decide that they all wanted to attend the JTEC.

The NFHP was recently granted 'programme entry status' by the Department for Transport (DfT). This allows the council to complete the remaining legal and procurement processes (but not enter into contractual or other legal commitments for the construction of the scheme) following which a request for 'Full Approval' can be made.

And South Gloucestershire Council has been appointed by the DfT to be the accountable body for the NFHP.

Filton and Bradley Stoke MP Jack Lopresti said:

"There's a real danger that South Gloucestershire will look ridiculous in the eyes of not only our partner authorities in the West of England, but also the Department for Transport who is yet to grant full approval to the rapid transit scheme.

It's bad enough that the Labour Group are trying to force through this massive constitutional change without bothering to ask what the public think, but they have failed to understand the implications this has for rapid transit.

This unnecessary, rushed and ill-thought out shake-up of decision-making risks the council's reputation with the DfT for being a reliable and competent partner who can be trusted to deliver a multi-million pound major transport scheme.

I urge Labour to take a step back and take the time to consult widely because South Gloucestershire Council belongs to its residents, not the Labour Party."

Back to all posts


Parliament

Message to Attend the Lords Commissioners (26 Mar 2015)
Message to attend the Lords Commissioners delivered by the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod. The Speaker, with the House, went up to hear Her Majesty’s Commission; on their return, the Speaker sat in the Clerk’s place at the Table.

Elections for Positions in the House: Backbench Business — Valedictory Debate (26 Mar 2015)
Michael Connarty: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. I echo the sentiments expressed by the retiring Member, the right hon. Member for North West Hampshire (Sir George Young). Yesterday, while I was asking a question, you intervened, Mr Speaker, because a Conservative Member shouted, “SNP gain”. I could have said, “Well, that’s exactly what the Conservative Members want-more SNP...

Latest News

16 MAR 2015

Jack Lopresti MP attends Afghanistan Commemoration Service in St PaulÂ’s Cathedral

Jack Lopresti MP attended St Paul's Cathedral's "Afghanistan 2001-2014 - A Service of Commemoration,...


10 MAR 2015

Jack Lopresti MP hosts event in parliament to raise awareness of 22q11 syndrome

Today, Jack hosted an event to mark the formulation of the first All Party Parliamentary Group...


12 DEC 2014

Jack Lopresti MP presents Bristol Post Star Award

Today Jack presented a Bristol Post Gold Star Award to Mrs Olive Cooke for her lifelong dedication...