I was only half watching the Politics Show, because I was working away on my notes for the Budget Responsibility Bill committee which starts on Tuesday, so I only half heard what Cllr Gary Hopkins had to say about parking prices. He seemed to be bashing the Green Party.
Depressing to see the next piece though, featuring a Conservative Alderman who’d been a leading light on Avon County Council. He said he’d been pilloried by his party for calling for a PTA for Avon. [PTA = Passenger Transport Authority, now known as ITA = Integrated Transport Authority].
I have of course been trying to make the case for an ITA for Bristol for the past six years. As ever, progress is slow to non-existent, even though I’m pretty sure the majority of people in Bristol would support it. The problem is with the outlying areas, who think it’s better to work together in a looser coalition of interest, rather than formalise the arrangement. I disagree, I think a formal ITA would give us a lot more clout and help remove transport decisions from the day-to-day politicking on councils.