Bus service cuts could lead to isolationism

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A Pocklington town councillor is concerned plans to cut bus services in the town could lead to isolation for many residents.

A drop-in session was held in Pocklington on Friday (August 19) as part of the consultation into East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s proposal for subsidised bus services.

The proposals are hoping to save the council £600,000 with services like the 45/46 looking to be cut on Sundays and, although there is some alternatives between Pocklington and York and vice versa, there will be no alternative for Barmby Moor and Wilberfoss.

Cllr Graham Perry said: “Some buses are currently used well like the X46 and residents can travel to Beverley, Bridlington and Hull. It gives people the chance to get out of the town and have a trip to the seaside. Stopping these services will just encourage some to stay at home alone.”

A questionnaire was sent out by Pocklington Town Council with feedback showing residents’ concerns on accessing the new doctors surgery without a regular service.

“We’ve already unearthed that 24 per cent of the people in Pocklington are either retired or have got a medical condition,” said Cllr Perry. “We recognise where a service is infrequently used it doesn’t justify a subsidy but where some services are frequently used there should be an increase - though East Riding Council don’t seem to be looking at this as a possibility.”

The matter was discussed at Wednesday’s (August 24) Pocklington Town Council policy and resources meeting.

Residents are asked to fill out the East Riding Council’s short questionnaire before Sunday’s deadline (August 28). For more information go online to http://bit.ly/2bOy0Oc or call 01482 395008.