Workers could have to get bus and train to the office

PUBLISHED: 17:01 23 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:36 25 May 2010

IF COUNCIL workers are relocated from Weston to Clevedon they may be encouraged to get a train to Yatton and then a bus to their new office.

IF COUNCIL workers are relocated from Weston to Clevedon they may be encouraged to get a train to Yatton and then a bus to their new office.

At last Thursday's crunch meeting on the proposed amalgamation, North Somerset Council chief executive Graham Turner said he favoured the travel option over others.

He also mentioned that the idea of car sharing or catching a bus all the way had also been explored.

After giving a presentation on what he felt were the benefits of buying the Castlewood building in Clevedon, Mr Turner was questioned by Councillor Ian Parker about the commuting of staff and how it could fit in with the authority's green travel plan.

Councillor Ian Parker said after the meeting: "The only option is going to be car sharing as neither of the others exist.

"To be honest the options don't really make sense as Conservative councillors were saying they had been assured there would be no jobs moving from Weston to Clevedon."

Earlier this month council workers were told that relocation allowances would be stopped, meaning anyone whose office location is changed would not get the extra money.

The payment, which would amount to about 10p for every extra mile travelled, would affect any new changes, but those who already receive the money will not lose out.

Yatton councillor Tony Moulin said some of the options Mr Turner spoke about could be benifical for Yatton, the area he represents.

He said: "We need to improve public transport and there's a real opportunity for synchronised bus travel and an extension of the Strawberry Line."

Councillors voted overwhelmingly in favour of the proposed amalgamation of some satellite offices across the district into one base at Castlewood.

Mr Turner said at the meeting that the options for a green travel plan would need to be explored once it had been decided who would move into the building.

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