It's two weeks until the deadline for comments on the Cumberland Road planning application. Disillusioned as we all are, I would urge anybody who has concerns to submit an objection online. I'm not pretending that the damn thing can be stopped/re-routed, but sufficient weight of numbers might throw a small spanner into the planning process works. And when it all gets underway & Avon Crescent looks like a motorway junction, at least there will be a paper trail documenting the reasons for public opposition. I suspect the BRT consultants and WEP minions are going to make a fool of Ferguson - who is now lumbered with explaining why Cumberland Road is a better option than simply improving Hotwell Road....
Planning application site is here: http://planningonline.bristol.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=MXL72EDN00J00
And StopBRT2 note the following (sorry for gurt cut n' paste):
This might help if you are writing a response.
The City Council website says:'All comments we receive about a planning application will be considered, but only planning issues can be taken into account. These include: Loss of light or privacy; Overshadowing on your home; Highway safety; Traffic and parking issues; Noise; Amenity; Wildlife; Historic buildings; Conservation; Design; Appearance of the development.'
From an initial look at the plans, detailed issues include:
•A 4m wide trench will be dug along Cumberland Road as part of the works to build a 1.5m wall between Cumberland Road and the railway line. Several thousand tonnes of concrete to be used. This wall will block views towards the Avon New Cut. Bristol should have its own flood defence plan and not be dependent on BRT2's vehicle restraint wall, which is being built to prevent buses toppling onto the railway
•The western end of Cumberland Road will start to resemble a series of motorway slip roads-in total four separate roads running in parallel-overall width 35-40m!
•The Cumberland Road crossing at Gaol Ferry Bridge will now be offset from the bridge, adding to pedestrian and cycling congestion in this area
•Trees likely to be lost on Commercial Road
•Green areas converted to tarmac
•A 'bus gate' will be installed on Cumberland Road. Where these exist on other Bristol roads, they seem to be so unsuccessful that bus drivers are seen driving into the main traffic flow!
•The coach parking is to be removed. The planning applications plans simply says that an alternative location will be found by the council, which is another hidden cost of the scheme
•At Bathurst Basin bridge, pedestrians will now have two roads to cross-no zebras are being proposed
The Council have published a colour brochure with visualisations showing the full ugliness of some of the BRT2 'features' here http://travelwest.info/sites/default/files/documents/BD5054%20-%20AVTM%2.... There are copies in Bedminster library. The brochure fails to note the points set out in the above and says nothing about Butterfly Junction. It also claims that BRT2 will stem projected traffic growth of 15% on Cumberland Road (doubtful!)*, although the Planning Inspector said that the project is unlikely to have a significant effect on congestion.
(*StopBRT2 address the Metrobus claims about traffic here)
Meanwhile, a rolling news site which sort of looks like the Bristol Post has covered the new transit system in depth: "We estimate that the scheme will carry up to 5 kittens per hour, being towed on a colourful nylon leash."
Tanks fer readin.