Residents should have their say on bus cuts

Budget-saving proposal could see bus services cut
Budget-saving proposal could see bus services cut

Plans to cut bus services to save £600,000 have been met by concerns from Pocklington Town councillors as they urge residents to have their say.

Councillors at last week’s Pocklington Town Council meeting have expressed their concerns that services could be cut in the area.

The money-saving proposal follows nine months of extensive review of bus and passenger services - which saw more than 3,000 responses from across the East Riding.

Under the proposal cuts and changes will be made to some services. Some evening services and Sunday services will cease to run from April 1 2017 - unless the operator decides to run it commercially.

Services like the 45/46 will be cut on Sunday 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, who attended a meeting at the East Riding regarding the proposed cuts, said: “We did a full report here which followed up the consultation that we did and to my disappointment we got a document handed out on the night which was basically a review of the bus services in the East Riding and that they were proposing to cut back, change and modify.

“The pessimistic side of my brain said the story really was how can they pull back £600,000 towards savings in the East Riding by the subsidies that go into various bus activities at the moment.

“We’ve already unearthed that 24 per cent of the people in Pocklington are either retired or have got a medical condition.

“All of that seems to say to me that if you get one in four people concentrated in a town like Pocklington they’re going to be some special transport needs if they want to function effectively.”

Cllr Perry added: “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.”

Councillors have urged residents to have their say as part of the eight-week consultation, which ends August 28.

Cllr Jill Sinton said: “A lot of people commuting on buses will only be able to do a consultation on the evening. I don’t think it’s something we can gloss over I think we should be strongly opposing any cuts to Pocklington.”

The Town Council voted to formally write to the East Riding of Yorkshire Council to have an evening consultation.

There will be a drop-in session on Tuesday July 26 at Community Hall, Burnby Hall, from 10.30am to 1.30pm and on Wednesday August 17 at Scout Hall, Market Weighton, from 10.30am to 1.30pm.

The council’s BUS IT information bus will also visit Pocklington on Tuesday August 19 in the Market Place from 4.30pm and 6.30pm.

Residents can have their say by visiting or calling (01482) 395008.