to allegations they are anti-car following the publication of BMAP
earlier this month, insisted any congestion or workplace parking charge is a matter for future debate.
So maybe the importance of BMAP
is in the sense and ambition of the document.
Earlier this month Sir Albert outlined plans for a Midland Metro line from the city centre to Birmingham Airport, through Solihull and on to Coventry, but this is not included in BMAP, and committee members asked why.
Council leaders have stressed that BMAP is out for public consultation and that all views will be considered and a revised document issued next spring.
promotion of Belfast City Centre as the leading shopping centre in the BMAP Area and Northern Ireland;
The Department of Environment is working towards adoption of BMAP by the end of March this year.
It forms part of the BMAP
white paper, which will be launched later this month.
A report by transport consultant Sarah Speirs said: "Though there is an acceptance that in order to achieve the BMAP vision, Birmingham's citizens, businesses and visitors to the city are going to have to change their travel behaviour, there is a reluctance to introduce punitive measures to realise this transformation.
The consultation will be used to inform revisions to the draft BMAP document issued last year.
This particular proposal is buried deep in the rear-end of the hefty BMAP
consultation document, but it has not escaped the attention of city businessmen.
But critics of BMAP
, including members of the city council's transport scrutiny committee, have accused it of lacking ambition with regard to rapid transit schemes like the Midland Metro, tram and light rail.