The Guided Busway process

The Campaign has objected to aspects of the ‘Cambridgeshire Guided Bus’ scheme, has confirmed that it will produce a ‘statement of case’ and has asked to appear at the Public Inquiry scheduled to start in September. A copy of our objection letter can be seen at
www.camcycle.org.uk/campaigning/issues/guidedbus/#objection

We were concerned to discover that it was not possible to see other letters of objection

We were concerned to discover that it was not possible to see other letters of objection and hence we are currently unable to discover objectors with themes similar to our own. This is apparently due to a Data Protection Act ruling. This came as a surprise to us, as well as to several of the Councillors we have contacted, and is due to differences between the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 which covers normal planning procedures, and the Transport and Works Act 1992, which covers the Cambridgeshire Guided Bus scheme.

Following an exchange of letters with the Department for Transport I’ve now been told:

‘With regard to your query concerning whether letters of objection are in the public domain, I can say that they will be once they are released to the inspector. The same will be true of statements of case.’

Cartoon of guided bus

This still leaves objectors at some considerable disadvantage, as it will not be possible to reinforce arguments in the statement of case by showing a common theme, and of course we don’t yet know when the letters will be released.

If you’ve objected to aspects of this scheme and think it would be useful for the Campaign to see your letter, please email us a copy.

Jim Chisholm