Transport Minister Apologises To Council

Norman Baker, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport

A Transport Minister has written a letter of apology to our Council after suggesting it wasn’t interested in pursuing financial support from the Government.

Norman Baker, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport, told delegates at the Liberal Democrat conference in September that every eligible Council in England had applied for a share of a £560 million sustainable transport fund, except the Isles of Scilly.

But the minister, who refused funding of the Route Partnership Scheme, didn’t realise our Council is not eligible to apply for a grant as it isn’t a Transport Authority.

For major infrastructure schemes, we partner with Cornwall Council, which is.

That’s one of the reasons why the Route Partnership was formed.

Mr Baker has blamed inaccurate advice that he received for his statement. He’s clarified that the Town Hall couldn’t have accessed that cash even if it wanted to.

He says he wasn’t being critical of the Council but just stating how popular the fund was.