I had to laugh when I read todays letter in the Liverpool Post from Councillor Tim Moore.
Tim is attempting to say that the decision on bus lanes hasn't been rushed, is based on something, and has been communicated and consulted on.
As evidence for this he mentions two meetings with bus operators, and the ability of the public to have their say and help scutinise through two meetings at the Council.
He has got to be joking.
The decision was announced ahead of any committee meeting and was prominent in the press on 19 September. The Transport commitee Tim says was an opportunity for people to have their say was less than a week later on a working day. The "public" Cabinet meeting he cites was a mere two days after the committee.
If the Council had genuinely wanted a proper consultation, or even some communication before a decision, it wouldn't have worked to this timetable which looks and sounds very much like no other views were required.
It is good that there will be a scutiny group to look at the effects of the suspension but I have little doubt that this was an afterthought once opposition started being made clear.
I personally am agnostic about bus lanes. But I believe all significant decisions should involve proper consultation and proper evidence. In this case evidence could have been collected before any suspension rather than using the suspension as post hoc rationalisation.
As for the meetings with bus operators, both sides acknowledge they happened. The bus people say these were meetings to tell them what was happening rather than to consult. Without being there it's impossible to know but it will be interesting to find out what the timing of these meetings was (ie pre or post the press announcement)