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Press Release 17 November 2003
"Councillor accuses CAST.IRON of not playing fair"
At each of the five public meetings Tim Phillips, CAST.IRON's chairman,
closes proceedings by asking the public: "Would you prefer a railway if it
could be achieved for roughly the same cost as the guided bus proposals?".
From the initial two well-attended meetings only three people have not
This is a far more favourable response than any of the guided bus consultations
Councillor Shona Johnstone, who is promoting the guided bus, has accused
CAST.IRON of not asking a fair question, saying "We were accused of
running a flawed consultation scheme because we consulted only on the
guided bus but that same argument could be used against CAST.IRON."
Mr Phillips responded by saying that, "There is limited time so a single
question was chosen. However, a detailed questionnaire is given out at meetings, which
asks about guided bus and rail unlike the County Council's consultation
early this year which only mentioned the guided bus. CAST.IRON has taken
the opportunity to repeat questions from the CHUMMS and Rapid Transit
consultations to see if opinions change once people understand that a
railway is achievable."
CAST.IRON will be revealing the results prior to the County Council's full
meeting on 17th December, at which councillors vote on whether to continue
with the guided busway plan.
NOTES TO EDITORS:
CAST.IRON's next public meeting will be held at Swavesey Village College,
Gibraltar Lane, Cambridge on Wednesday 19th of November. The meeting starts at
7.30 with access from 7.15, when the public will be able to inspect displays of
CAST.IRON's staged re-opening scheme.
The final meeting will be at 7.30 on 2nd December at the Holiday Inn,
at which CAST.IRON will present its detailed proposals including full
costings. A press conference will be held at 4pm, when copies of
CAST.IRON's report will be supplied to journalists. There will be an
opportunity for the media to speak to members of the public who will be
admitted from 5pm.
See Media Resources page for a downloadable document with further notes for editors
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