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Osbourne stitch up : South Bristol link road dodgy dealing and the bendy bus bonanza

November 30, 2011

Obsequious Osbourne the millionaire chancellor of the team of millionaires in the cabinet, pre-empts the transport decisions due out in December. Can’t blame the old Etonian for grovelling around for credit on stimulating the economy I suppose. That’s what politicians do. They love to boast about splashing the cash.
What does this mean for South Bristol?
The Evening Toast loonies say “.. its a Great Day..” proving that this paper is more stupid than a student putting a traffic cone on Chairman Maos statue’s head in Tiananmen Square.

Here’s what it really means for Bristol:
1. £110 million spent on a South Bristol link rd to nowhere and a concrete guided bendy-bus joke that everyone else in the world has rejected.
2. Fields and greenspace bulldozed for tarmac so that desparate traffic can get nowhere faster and save 10 seconds on that important journey.
3. Masses of extra traffic and pollution for the communities of Bishopsworth Highridge and Hengrove. Communities carved apart like the bad old days of M23 destruction.
4. The dockside railway, one of the major tourist attractions in Bristol and the only working dockside steam railway in the country, subject to humiliating degradation of track and period features in favour of concrete guided bus lanes with bendy-buses thundering down every 5 minutes.
5. Ashton Bridge one of the most popular pedestrian and cyclist links in the city becoming a concrete highway for dangerous bendy-bus monsters. What is now a healthy traffic free paradise on the flagship Festival Way route to Ashton Court and beyond will become a serious danger to public health. Pedestrians, kids on bikes etc will now have to dodge the bendy-bus monsters, with almost certain casualties.
6. You can guarantee that the cost of the crazy bendy bus scheme will escalate beyond belief. Just look at the way the costs of the scheme has had to be pared down to the bare bones at government desperate requests. They’ve quoted on the cheap but like the dodgy builder pitching for the job, the costs soon rise. Take a google on the Cambridge bendy bus scheme *link*
The cambridge route cost a staggering £151m double what was agreed, and the councill has set aside an incredible £6.5million to fight the legal battle. And they didn’t have a crumbling listed major iron bridge over the Avon New Cut to sort out. Think about it-£6.5m to fight the legal battle, that could build a new school. This is the gamble the bendy-bus maniacs are taking.

‘Saddo’ Tim Kent the deluded meglomaniac councillor guffing up the transport shocker says:

“Bristol is about to enter the big leagues with the kind of public transport network that attracts new players an unlocks new areas for improvement and growth, which is powerful news for local business and local people. It also demonstrates the strength of our cross-council working.

This man desperately needs to be sent on a rapid transport bendy-bus link road to Barrow Gurney. I know the hospital’s now shut – I wouldn’t want to subject any other patients to his ranting which he can do there in splendid isolation.
“Over 200 businesses pledged their public support for our submissions”.. the nutter goes on, as if being in the pocket of businesses sniffing a killing is more important than pedestrians and communities fearful of a killing.

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9 Comments
  1. November 30, 2011 11:58 am

    I can’t believe this stitch-up I’m going to stick my head in the gas oven in a minute.
    What’s it all about?
    Could it be something to do with the Fatcats who are sitting on thousands of acres of greenbelt and fields in South Bristol, slavering over a bonus bonanza day when their land grab is finally realised into the biggest rip-off in Bristol’s history?
    Anyone remember Cribbs Causeway that old Roman Rd from Sea Mills to Gloucester.
    Not any more, all we know now is the urban sprawl of massive retailing sheds.
    Crafty old Jack Baylis builder and developer new a thing or two when he bought and sat on those fields back in the 1960’s.
    Imitation being sincere flattery etc, expect the gold diggers of King Splurge, JT Design Lansdown and co and all the other landgrabbers to do their worst over the next two decades.
    The Osbourne stitch-up in cahoots with the grabbers spells the end of South Bristol as we know it. RIP

  2. November 30, 2011 1:27 pm

    PS. Tim Kent won his seat by the massive majority of 59 votes. Good job he’s got all his local South Bristol Residents behind him as he carves up their neighbourhood.

  3. Paul Bemmy Down permalink
    November 30, 2011 4:55 pm

    Have to agree with just about everything you say. I had an email before the last election from the office of Grant Shapps, now housing minister. It said that if elected to power, the Cons. would strenghten protection of the G/B, Sites of outstanding natural beauty, National Parks etc. I thought the last lot were the masters of deceit, but this lot are just as bad. Also, all the crap about taking into account the views of local people. All consultations and all other ways of guaging opinion showed that the people don’t want the Bendybus yet that is totally ignored. If the council want it, it happens, because they are judged to represent local oppinion. How sadly that is not so here in Bristol!

  4. December 1, 2011 9:41 am

    Pauls hit the nail-why do they bother with consultations? We’ve got some sort of public enquiry on this lot to look forward to, but that’ll be ignored.

    I am thinking this carve-up of South Bristol is like the wholesale destruction of swathes of the city post-war. The current politicians are saying the same clap-trap that the ‘visionary’ planners did then. ~Of course we know now that the 1950’s-1970’s sweeping demolition of historic buildings and districts in favour of road widening schemes, shopping malls etc was nothing short of criminal.
    Now they’ve nearly run out of heritage urban areas to destroy, they’ve set their sites on the virgin greenspace that nurtures the South of the city, such is their desperation to write their names in the history books. Tim Kent and his ilk will be remembered alright, pilloried as the destroyers of the greenbelt their names will live on in Infamy. The greenbelt slash and burn merchants of doom.

  5. Paul Bemmy Down permalink
    December 1, 2011 10:04 am

    Sadly, with few exceptions, politicians gravitate towards those with money and power. It has always been thus, and I see little chance of any change.

  6. thebristolblogger permalink
    December 5, 2011 8:29 pm

    OK. Quiz time. Guess who said this in the South Bristol Link Options Consultation Report, June 2009

    He questions the value for local businesses of a road link that would not connect to the motorway system

    The big league you say?

  7. December 6, 2011 9:38 am

    I guess Tim Bent.
    What made the turncoat bin his position quicker than the Greek referendum?
    Baffles me.

  8. thebristolblogger permalink
    December 6, 2011 11:56 pm

    It was indeed Mr Bent. You win £5.

  9. Paul Bemmy Down permalink
    December 7, 2011 9:36 am

    Enough for a “single” from the P & R to Temple Meads. Sorry, nearly to Temple Meads.

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