Here’s our commentary on the local Party manifestos we’ve seen for the Council elections on May 5. It’s about the local Edinburgh Party manifestos, NOT any national documents which come down from Party HQs.
As well as reading the local Party manifestos, it’s useful to (re)read their answers to our ‘Election Event’ questionnaire (https://edinburghbususers.group/ebug-council-election-event). The SNP and Conservatives either
- didn’t get their act together or
- couldn’t be bothered answering the questionnaire
so that’s an immediate black mark. Or possibly they took one look at the questions and ran a mile. Anyway, this commentary focusses on the actual manifestos. We:
- read each manifesto as it stands
- compared them with each other
- considered whether they matched EBUG’s ‘manifesto’ https://edinburghbususers.group/council-elections-vote-for-good-quality-public-transport-for-everyone
- considered whether words matched deeds in the current Council 2017-2022
Continue reading “Council election manifestos 2022; what’s in them for buses?”
Following on from this post, EBUG has now received answers to its questions from Labour. These have been added to the answers from the Greens and the Liberal Democrats received in February.
See all three sets of answers at: https://edinburghbususers.group/ebug-council-election-event
As we all know, money is tight among Councils. In Edinburgh and elsewhere, aspirations to improve bus services compete for funding with other worthwhile services. Bus routes, of course, operate on a commercial basis. But the infrastructure they use, the roads, the bus stops, almost everything that doesn’t move, is the Council’s responsibility; as is providing socially necessary services which can’t break even.
So how can the Council maximise funding for improvements?
One source is ‘Section 75’ funding. Section 75 payments are funds secured from developers to pay for facilities needed because of the development; such as improved transport, school buildings etc. So if a developer builds new houses, or offices, the Council can secure payments to cover the cost of public transport improvements needed to serve the development.
We wondered how the City of Edinburgh Council uses this mechanism. So we lodged a Freedom of Information request with the Council, asking how much Section 75 money it had secured to improve bus services.
The FOI request revealed that, between 2015 and 2022, CEC secured a total of £84,230,232 in Section 75 payments.
Continue reading “Missed opportunity to improve city buses”
Along with local community councils, Living Streets and other transport groups, EBUG has campaigned for a more thoughtful and safer public realm design at Elm Row. This is how it was covered by online news serviced EdinburghLive.
Here are EBUG’s key ‘asks’ of all parties and candidates standing in the City of Edinburgh Council elections in May 2022.
Edinburgh Bus User Group (EBUG)
Manifesto for the 2022 Council Elections
Quality Public Transport for Everyone
EBUG believes in a working partnership between the Council and bus operators which recognises that each should focus on what it can do, and what it does best.
The next Council must Increase the budget and capacity of the Council bus team and focus more pro-actively on delivering tangible improvements for bus users. Continue reading “Council Elections – Vote for Good Quality Public Transport for everyone!”
Congratulations to those candidates who have already been selected by their parties to stand in the City of Edinburgh Council election in 2022 (& those still to be confirmed).
EBUG is available to make helpful suggestions for party manifestos . Our guidance enumerates clearly the priority steps needed to ensure access to good quality public transport for everyone. Continue reading “Standing for election in 2022? Voting? What do the party Manifestos say about bus services?”
Dear EBUG member,
This is the sixth of our occasional updates for members.
- We held our AGM on June 17, and achieved our objective of updating the constitution. We also elected and welcomed Gail onto the Committee. There are still a few Committee places left, so anyone interested please put your name forward! (email firstname.lastname@example.org).
At the first Committee meeting after the AGM, we reelected our office-bearers: Harald Tobermann (Chair), Chris Day (secretary), and Bob Moseley (Treasurer)
Continue reading “No.6 – Members’ Bulletin October 2021”