Bath Tories ask Transport minister to stop ‘unfair’ Ring of Steel plan
THE Conservative group on Bath and North East Somerset Council has asked the government for help in the fight to stop the council’s town centre Ring of Steel proposals.
Councillor Vic Pritchard, leader of the Conservative group has written an open letter to Transport Secretary Grant Shapps to review the policy.
It follows the recent Cabinet meeting at which the council’s Liberal Democrat administration approved the plans to restrict access to Bath city centre.
In the letter, Coun. Pritchard highlighted the fact that the proposals are, in reality, insufficient to stop a terror attack and would instead leave people, especially people with mobility problems, locked out of the city centre.
He explained that the policy is against the spirit of the Equalities Act and that, following the economic shock that has been visited upon towns and cities across the country as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, councillors should be championing city centres, not walling them off to residents and visitors.
‘The Ring of Steel proposals,’ he wrote, ‘are unfair and unnecessary and we are seeking help from the government to try to get this administration to see sense and ditch these controversial plans.
‘The Liberal Democrats are using the threat of terrorism to further their anti-motoring agenda and further demonize drivers. These proposals will not actually prevent terror attacks from taking place and will simply marginalize members of our community who are not able to move around easily.’