THE city council has been mugged and we are about to be taken for mugs. Wiltshire Council, at the taxpayers expense, has provided bus shelters for a private company (Wilts & Dorset) who wanted to cease operations and sell off the bus depot.
Now Salisbury City Council is to spend an estimated £10,000 on consultants for a feasibility study on the purchase of the bus station, although could be £30,000. It does not need an expert or consultant to conclude it would be a huge financial burden and cost.
Why do they think Wilts & Dorset wanted to cease operations there in the first place?
At the same meeting where this was decided, in an understatement Councillor Roberts said: “any increase in taxes is always unwelcome.” Is this increase to pay for incompetence of past misguided spending and decisions where they chose not to listen to the electorate?
Salisbury is a market town with city status our councillors with delusions of grandeur would do well to remember this.
Steve Toomer, Salisbury
I READ, with a sinking feeling of déjà vu, that Salisbury City Council is preparing to spend an estimated £10,000 on a feasibility study to see whether their taking over responsibility for, and re-opening of, the now closed Salisbury bus station is a viable option.
Surely this should have been done before a decision to spend £100,000 on bus lay-over bays and extra bus stops all over the city (which caused, and continues to cause, major disruption to the general public, shopkeepers and tourists) and after agreement from the bus company that they will use the bus station (if it is reopened) for the start and finish of journeys other than the local loop services.
Looking at this latest commitment of tax revenue, one could be forgiven for thinking that it is closing the stable door after the horse has bolted, or in this case the bus. Lest we forget, there are more pressing calls on the city’s purse.
Great swathes of the city and surrounding countryside, such as the newly landscaped Queen Elizabeth Gardens, are still or have been under water and our roads are riddled with potholes. The city council should realise that the people of Salisbury will lose confidence in them if they make decisions which seem to disregard prudence, financial priorities, planning and the ability to anticipate potential problems and put in safeguards. If the sort of things we see in Salisbury were to go on in businesses, they would have gone bust years ago.
S Smith, Salisbury