Council funding axe falls on Burnham-On-Sea bus service
County Council has confirmed this week that it has withdrawn funding
for a vital bus service through Burnham-On-Sea and the surrounding
102 bus service which runs from Bridgwater to Weston-super-Mare
via Burnham, Highbridge, Brent Knoll, East Huntspill and East
Brent has seen council funding withdrawn as part of a cost-cutting
savings were first considered last year and have been agreed at
a full meeting of Somerset County Council this month, alongside
a package of other savings.
councillor Cllr Chris Williams, pictured, who has campaigned
for better local bus services told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I
am very disappointed by this decision - it is very regrettable
and will effect those travelling to and from the villages around
Burnham the most."
County Council says it hopes the decision will not cause too much
disruption to local travellers. "All areas other than Brent
Knoll are served by other public services, while Brent Knoll will
receive a service via a new routed 'slinky service'," said
Brent Knoll councillor Bob Filmer added: "We are disappoointed
that the funding for the 102 service has been withdrawn - it is
an actively used service. We await to hear more details about
the new 'slinky' service which could be good."
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
removal of funding is due to take effect from the start of the
new financial year during April. A period of consultation was
carried out late last year on the proposed changes but the feedback
has not led to any change.