• Anxiety and upset over proposed loss of Ottery’s town bus

    2nd February 2015 | News | Claire
  • It currently runs six days a week, nine times a day.

    £50m must be cut from the 15/16 budget, as part of the £110m cuts by 2017.

    Unsurprisingly, the people I talked to were shocked and very worried about the news.  I spoke to around 20 people, all of whom were elderly and didn’t have their own transport.

    They go shopping every day or three to four times a week because they can’t carry very much.

    They also told me that they struggle with Ottery’s hills.

    One lady I spoke to was partially sighted and said it would “finish her off” if the service was axed.

    They all said they didn’t know how they would manage if the service was axed.

    The cuts that central government is forcing Devon County Council to make are savage and ruthless.  The vulnerable seem to be hit the hardest.

    I am in talks with DCC officers about providing some of my locality budget to keep the service going two or three days a week.

    The local government settlement debate will take place on 10 February in the House of Commons. I hope very much that our MP will vote against the appalling cuts meted out to councils.

    More information about bus cuts in the Ottery Rural ward will come in the next few days, I am examining the proposals for my ward…..The details are here – https://new.devon.gov.uk/publictransportbudget/