Councillors and elderly residents in Pocklington are calling for a free bus to run from the centre of Pocklington to the new doctors’ surgery.
Some elderly residents have been struggling to get to the new surgery, known as ‘The Beckside Centre’, on West Green since it opened just over two months ago. Pocklington Group Practice moved from its premises on Barmby Road to the centre in May.
Pocklington Town Council discussed the issue at its last full council meeting. Councillors were under the impression that Lindum Construction, which built the new surgery, would provide a bus that would run from Pocklington town centre or different parts of Pocklington to the surgery and back again, but there has been no such service. Pocklington town councillor Graham Perry said: “As I recall there was a commitment by the developer to provide, for at least the first 12 months, a form of transport from the centre of Pocklington to the new surgery and I presume back again.” He added: “I am aware of people making comments about the distance to the new surgery that they have to walk and the state of the footpath and lighting on West Green. There’s also the increasing amount of traffic and speed of it.”
Another town councillor, Terry Jones, added: “We [town council] all thought there would be a bus service to the new surgery from different parts of Pocklington.”
A Pocklington lady in her 80s, who asked not to be named, said: “It’s just too far out. It costs £7 for a taxi and the buses only go past every hour which is no good for appointments. People have offered to take me but I’ve always been independent and I don’t like to ask. It’s nothing against the doctors or the surgery.
“I have a number of friends who feel the same.”
Pocklington Group Practice says it will be running a medibus which will stop at a number of villages in the area every Thursday morning between 9.30am and 11.30am, starting on 6 August. The route will alternate on a weekly basis as detailed below:
Week one: Allerthorpe, Thornton, Melbourne
Week two: Bielby, Seaton Ross
Week three: Fangfoss, Full Sutton, Bishop Wilton
Week four will go back to week one and continue in a loop thereafter.
Lindum Construction declined to comment.
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