OK, quick update for anybody who is interested:
The StopBRT2 meeting took place in the pub, as the usual function room was booked & some theatre types were treading the boards upstairs. So, such difficulties aside, the following was discussed/agreed upon.
StopBRT2 are actively pursuing an official (i.e. eventually to be taken to the Political Ombudsman) complaint against Bristol City Council and the West of England Partnership. The whole process has been decidedly shoddy, to put it mildy. They are also engaged in a FOI request as to why the (taxpayer-funded) Public Inquiry is taking so very looooong to be published.
It was agreed that there was a fair amount of common ground with the campaign against the proposed South Bristol Link Road - for all the sustainable travel gubbins, BRT2/Metrobus actually forms part of a significant road-building programme. Now, arguments about whether urban (& esp Bristolian) congestion is best solved by building more roads is a whole 'nother thread. But suffice to say, North Somerset Council are very keen to get Bristol to stump up for the majority (and liable) costs of BRT2, as part of the SBL. More here: http://nosouthbristollink.co.uk/
There will be some kind of publicity stunt/demonstration to highlight the pathetically-low projected patronage of the BRT2/Metrobus scheme - in simple terms, we'll be spending £50 million for the sake of an extra 50 passengers. More details to be announced.
Mayor's Question Time, 7 pm, December 3rd, Wills Memorial Building, Bristol Uni. Got any burning (transport or anything else) questions for the red-trousered one? Book yourself a spot here. If I wasn't working that evening, I'd be asking why BCC/WEP have already spent so much public money (approx £8 million!) in advance of an official planning inspectorate decision.
Bristol "Green Capital" status: uhh, who says satire is dead? Given how BRT2 trashes much-valued green & vehicle-free space, there'll be a concerted effort to work the angle on this one.
Parks/estates survey: Bristol City Council are currently asking people for their views on favourite parks or estates.... this kind of thing always worries me (i.e. just what is being planned down the line? ), but the survey itself is quick n' easy to do:
Anybody who currently enjoys the Greville Smyth Park/Sylvia Crowe Park/Festival Way/Pump track area might like to highlight the detrimental effect of putting a busy bus lane right thru the middle of it. To that end, StopBRT2 are also talking to the fine folks at FrOGS.
Next public meeting is 7.30pm, 26th November, in the Greville Room, Hen and Chicken Pub, North Street.
Tanks fer readin'.