sign petition in Burnham to halt council's plans to cut buses
of people have signed a petition to try and save two bus services
in Burnham-On-Sea that are threatened by council financial cuts.
As first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com last month, Somerset
County Council has started a consultation process to seek local
people's views on the proposed changes.
One service earmarked to be withdrawn is Service 113, which runs
from Highbridge to Berrow on five return journeys per day and
is operated by Hatch Green Coaches.
The council's proposal is to remove the service, with a spokesman
saying: "Other public bus routes are available within walking
distance and a slinky service is also available in the area."
Another local service affected is Service 67 which runs from
Burnham-On-Sea to Wookey Hole and is operated by Webberbus. The
council's proposal is to withdraw its funding contribution, thereby
requiring the service to be run on a fully commercial basis, which
could put its future at risk.
Over 300 people have signed a petition calling for a re-think
over the unpopular cutbacks.
Petition organiser June Gibson, who is a daily bus user who travels
between Burnham and Highbridge, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "There's
lots of support to halt these cutbacks. The 113 bus service in
particular is used by local people of all ages who say it is a
lifeline to keep them moving."
"I really encourage people to sign the petition and have
their say about the proposals. We managed to save the 113 bus
four years ago and we want to do the same again now."
The petition is available to sign at Burnham Post Office, tourist
information centre, Mr Beans Cafe, Fortes and GW Hurleys.
The proposed cuts come as the county council tries to adjust
its budget with an expected loss of 20% from its current Government
funding by 2019.
find out more about the consultation before the deadline on January
11th and have your say, go to the councils website here.