Petition to save Wyre Forest bus services handed to council

Kidderminster Shuttle: 'Save Our Buses': Wyre Forest Green Party members from left, Phil Oliver, Ronald Lee and Mike Whitbread hand over the petition at County Hall. 'Save Our Buses': Wyre Forest Green Party members from left, Phil Oliver, Ronald Lee and Mike Whitbread hand over the petition at County Hall.

A PETITION signed by more than 1,000 people opposing cuts to bus services in Wyre Forest has been handed to Worcestershire County Council.

The Save Our Buses campaign, organised by the Wyre Forest Green Party, has also helped people to send 630 letters to councillors, fill in 220 council consultation forms and has handed out 600 information leaflets.

The county council voted to scrap a £3 million taxpayers' subsidy for public transport, which puts 88 services on 43 routes across Worcestershire "at risk" unless private companies take on the services, with higher prices or reduced pick-ups.

Stephen Brown, Wyre Forest Green Party spokesman, said "The level of interest and public concern over this matter has been huge and to put it in context, in a similar consultation in Dorset, the total number of responses to the council's consultation amounted to 1200.

"In Worcestershire, the council has received 7,000 responses. So, you can see the public are not impressed with the council's plans.

"It's not too late - the council can think again and look at re-directing money from other parts of the council budget, or renegotiating its contracts on buses for the benefit of local people, rather than thinking slash and burn is the answer to all of its problems without due regard for people's needs or the local economy."

The public consultation ended last Friday.

Ronald Lee, who collated the petition on behalf of Green Party campaigners, said: "The fact that we collected 1,000 signatures at our stalls in Kidderminster, Stourport, and Bewdley, shows the huge opposition there is amongst the people of Wyre Forest to the proposed bus cuts.

"I hope the council will take heed of this and shelve their plans to withdraw the £3 million subsidy."

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8:28am Tue 21 Jan 14

Wagtail59 says...

The pain of 'Austerity' cuts is not being felt equally by Wyre Forest residents. For years we have been told that 'Equal rights and Equal access' to services are paramount. Seemingly when it comes to deficit reduction that notion can be consigned to the dustbin.

Thank you to WFGP and others for all their efforts. As a bus user I appreciate your help.
The pain of 'Austerity' cuts is not being felt equally by Wyre Forest residents. For years we have been told that 'Equal rights and Equal access' to services are paramount. Seemingly when it comes to deficit reduction that notion can be consigned to the dustbin. Thank you to WFGP and others for all their efforts. As a bus user I appreciate your help. Wagtail59
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8:37am Tue 21 Jan 14

Wagtail59 says...

I note that these cuts to bus services are part of a proposed package of cuts being applied across Worcestershire by the County Council.
I note that these cuts to bus services are part of a proposed package of cuts being applied across Worcestershire by the County Council. Wagtail59
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