Local Democracy

Too many decisions are taken at executive level, which inevitably leads to a lack of accountability and a notion that decisions affecting the people of Bath are taken outside of the area.

We believe that power and responsibility should be given to the lowest level possible. To achieve this, we would set up area committees in all areas and devolve power to these. This would help foster and develop community partnerships and should be the basis for all community decisions. Issues we feel would most appropriately be decided at this level could include local planning, regeneration, traffic calming and youth provision.

We feel that the current arrangement of elections every four years does not encourage electoral participation as much as systems used elsewhere. These allow for an election to take place each year, with a percentage of the councillors being elected at each time, ensuring frequent electoral accountability.

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