ends today on plans to axe Burnham's bus service
consultation period on controversial plans to axe a 'vital' service
through Burnham-On-Sea and local villages is set to end today
bus users have until 11.59pm this evening to provide their feedback
on the unpopular cost-cutting plans.
County Council first 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.
have been urged to have their say on the controversial changes
during a consultation period that runs until Sunday January 4th,
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."
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 as possible."
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."
plans are about making our supported bus services more effective,
particularly where there are currently low levels of passenger
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
Above, Cllr Chris Williams who is keen to see the service saved