chance to have your say on plans to axe Burnham bus service
users in the Burnham-On-Sea area have just a few days left to
air their views on proposals to axe a 'vital' service through
Somerset County Council announced
in November that it plans to withdraw the 102 service which
runs from Bridgwater to Weston-super-Mare via Burnham, Highbridge,
Brent Knoll, East Huntspill and East Brent, as part of a cost-cutting
council says it "wants to improve efficiency and value for
money for the tax payer." If approved, the service will be
axed from May 2015.
Users have been urged to have their say on the controversial
changes during a consultation period that runs until Sunday January
councillor Cllr Chris Williams, pictured, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"It would be a blow to lose this service - cuts like this
are unwelcome. I would urge all those affected by the proposed
withdrawl of the 102 service to respond to the consultation. When
the 113 bus service was threatened three years ago a 570-signature
petition managed to get it retained."
"Although an alternative route between Weston and Burnham
and Highbridge will remain, some villages north of Burnham will
end up with no service whatsoever and these parish councils and
current service users also need to make their views known as soon
Cllr Harvey Siggs, Somerset County Council's Cabinet Member for
Transport, defended the plans. He told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The
ongoing and harsh reality we face as a County Council is that
our Central Government funding to run local services is being
reduced, which leaves us no option but to review all our services."
"These plans are about making our supported bus services
more effective, particularly where there are currently low levels
of passenger use."
The results of the consultation will be presented to Somerset
County Councils Cabinet to assist them in making a final
decision on any service changes to be introduced in May 2015.
Readers can complete the consultation online here
or can receive a hard copy by calling the council direct on 0845
Pictured: Above, Cllr Chris Williams who is keen to see the