Bus cuts petition signed by more than 1,000 residents handed over to Dorset County Council

Bournemouth Echo: OPINIONS TO BE HEARD: Vikki Slade takes the bus cuts petition to the county council OPINIONS TO BE HEARD: Vikki Slade takes the bus cuts petition to the county council

A PETITION signed by more than 1,000 East Dorset residents in protest at cuts to key bus services has been handed to the county council.

A number of bus services in the Wimborne and Colehill area will change or be lost altogether from April 1 as the council aims to save £850,000 from the £2.8m it spends on its bus subsidy.

Furious residents have vowed to battle the plans, and 1,300 added their names to the petition, circulated by Colehill resident Paul Oliver.

Broadstone councillor Vikki Slade handed in the petition last week.

She said: “Residents are clearly concerned over the decision by the council to remove bus subsides in the evening for bus services between Bournemouth, Wimborne and Colehill.

“I’ve been very concerned when I hear stories of students who won’t be able to get back from college and school to adults who will lose full time employment because of the council’s decision.”

County councillor for Colehill and Stapehill Janet Dover, who has battled the cuts since they were first proposed, said she hoped the petition would make the council reconsider the decision.

“The strength of feeling for local residents is hard for the council to ignore,” she said.

“I am working alongside Annette Brooke MP, Vikki and local residents to make sure people have access to vital bus services in the evening.”

The MP has taken the issue of bus subsidy cuts to Parliament.

She said: “Residents across the area may now be faced with a choice between using a car or moving from their homes, and that seems very harsh.”

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12:31pm Mon 17 Feb 14

muscliffman says...

Presumably those wanting to protect these relatively modest Council bus service subsidies include many older residents who have paid their due contributions to the Council for a very, very long time.

Then perhaps we should compare the intended savings resulting from these local bus cuts with the amount spent by the same Authority providing facilities and services for other occasional local road users who have probably never paid anything to the Council at all - 'travellers'.
Presumably those wanting to protect these relatively modest Council bus service subsidies include many older residents who have paid their due contributions to the Council for a very, very long time. Then perhaps we should compare the intended savings resulting from these local bus cuts with the amount spent by the same Authority providing facilities and services for other occasional local road users who have probably never paid anything to the Council at all - 'travellers'. muscliffman
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3:16pm Mon 17 Feb 14

smhinto says...

Of which the Council will duely ignore. As per normal!!
Of which the Council will duely ignore. As per normal!! smhinto
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5:21pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Hessenford says...

I have never agreed with bus subsidies, don't see why part of my council tax should be spent on bus services that hardly anyone uses, if they were used that much there would be no need for subsidies, no one subsidises me driving my car to work at 4am in the morning, council tax should be used for vital services not for people to go joy riding, about time bus companies stood on there own feet and not expect me to pay for something I never use.
I have never agreed with bus subsidies, don't see why part of my council tax should be spent on bus services that hardly anyone uses, if they were used that much there would be no need for subsidies, no one subsidises me driving my car to work at 4am in the morning, council tax should be used for vital services not for people to go joy riding, about time bus companies stood on there own feet and not expect me to pay for something I never use. Hessenford
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