On the 14 September Lancashire County Council’s cabinet will consider proposals on how to spend the additional £1M the new administration has allocated to funding bus services with the improvements to take effect just before Christmas.
As previously reported in this Blog
When the consultation on the funding was announced the Bus Users’ Group put forward suggestions that would have restored various services in and around the City. The Cabinet Report,
to be considered on 14th September, includes none of these improvements. The only part of Lancaster District to benefit will be the Lune Valley, where it does at least appear that the BUG’s requests are being considered.
The Report includes an action “to work with (bus) operators to develop a sustainable daytime service for the villages of Gressingham, Arkholme and Whittington as well as the Lune Valley as a whole”
As these villages were left without any usable buses by the April 2016 cuts and have since gained only a token service provided by Kirkby Lonsdale Coach Hire buses en-route to and from another service this is, to say the least, overdue. The full report
makes reference to the county council working with “operators and stakeholders” to develop proposals and the BUG has already asked for an input into the work of designing the new service.
We in Whittington have been asked by BUGS “what would be your top priorities, bearing in mind that the council won’t have a lot of money available and that it has already ruled out evenings and Sundays.”
Duncan and I are consulting with Peter Williamson and Colin Hall, the Councillors closest to all the discussions to date, so that our views can be submitted.
Anyone who would like an input into this consultation is invited to let their views be known on this Blog. You will have to be speedy because the meeting is in four days time.
Duncan Foster – John Keegan