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Councils are too wedded to dogma to park their irrational hatred of cars

One of the mysterious signs that appeared in Bath Credit: APEX

Bath and North East Somerset council has no right to be baffled by the mystery local who took the law into his own hands by erecting fake “residents parking only” signs on his pleasant road. Through its anti-car dogma, it created him.

Admittedly, the now-Tory controlled local authority is better run than it used to be, recently making a series of proposals to more pragmatically balance the needs of road users and businesses with a desire to cut congestion in a beautiful city. But it is hard to shrug off the influence of decades of Lib Dem dominance. Even today, the council justifies £6 million-plus annual profits from its car parks on the grounds that they help it to fulfil an ideological plan to make driving unattractive. This is the same local authority, you may recall, that refused to remove new 20mph zones that disastrously resulted in a rise in road casualties.

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