chance to air your views on proposed bus cuts in Burnham
last chance for residents and bus passengers to have their say
on plans to axe several bus services in the Burnham-On-Sea area
comes this Friday.
County Council's consultation that began on 12th December ends
on 13th January.
first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com here,
the popular 113 bus service, which stops at doctors surgeries
in Burnham and Highbridge, plus Burnham Hospital and local schools,
has been earmarked to lose all funding and stop.
County Council is also considering withdrawing funding for Burnham's
evening route 21 service, which goes to Taunton and Bridgwater.
Burnham and Highbridge town councillor Chris Williams, pictured,
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It's a disgrace that funding for
these essential services could be withdrawn. The 113 service provides
a lifeline for many local people - including the elderly, disabled,
care workers and young families who visit the doctor surgeries."
full details of the proposals and to submit comments, visit www.somerset.gov.uk/bussurvey
by this Friday or call 0845 345 9155 to have a survey posted to
Council Cabinet Member Harvey Siggs said: "It is a hugely
difficult decision, but we just will not have the finances to
keep subsidising services as we do."
reduction in funding from the Government has meant that the authority
has had to review how it supports bus services and subsidies can
be as much as £11 per passenger on some routes."
will still be an extensive bus service in Somerset with specialised
services for the elderly and vulnerable, vital links to education
and health and no changes to the most popular and important routes
on the network."
council is also intending to seek financial contributions from
new housing and commercial developers, and to work with parish
councils and the business community for new investment in the
results of the consultation will be reviewed with a decision expected
to be made by full council in February.