residents sign petition to save threatened Burnham bus service
of saving a popular Burnham and Highbridge bus service from the
axe have been given a boost this week after hundreds of local
people demanded the County Council re-think the plans.
Town councillor Chris Williams, pictured, told Burnham-On-Sea.com
on Monday that over 540 people have signed a petition calling
on Somerset County Council not to cut funding for the popular
113 bus service, which stops at doctors surgeries in Burnham and
Highbridge, plus Burnham Hospital and schools.
first reported here,
the 113 service has been earmarked to be axed by the cash-strapped
County Council, which is also considering withdrawing funding
for Burnham's evening Route 21 service, which runs to Taunton
at Monday's Town Council meeting, Cllr Williams said: "I
am very pleased by the response from local people - we have had
a good response to the petition and during the county council's
consultation period, five times as many people complained about
the plans to halt the 113 service as any other route."
just fear that it may not make much difference to the County Council
and it will go ahead with the cuts. We are due to find out in
the middle of February which services will be cut."
County Councillor Peter Burridge-Clayton told Burnham-On-Sea.com
that he is campaigning for the County Council to reconsider the
can fully understand the concerns about the 113 service. I am
representing the interests of Burnham and Highbridge residents
and ensuring their views are heard."
some cuts will need to be made and we will find out later this
month which of the services are to be reduced."
year, County Council Cabinet Member Harvey Siggs explained the
reason for the cuts: "It is a hugely difficult decision,
but we just do not have the finances to keep subsidising services
as we do. A
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."