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Petition to Government against Cornwall bus cuts gathers momentum

By CGHollie  |  Posted: September 26, 2013

Petition to Government against Cornwall bus cuts gathers momentum

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A petition has been started against bus service cuts in Cornwall.

Stop The Cuts To Bus Services In Cornwall & West Penwith has been created as an e-petition online and has already received more than 100 signatures.

It has been created by Katherine Gray, on the HM Government website, in light of the cuts to bus services by Cornwall’s two major providers - First Group and Western Greyhound – which will see the withdrawal of thirteen services across the county, including the entire Penzance and Hayle operation.

The cuts have been made following a £500,000 reduction by Cornwall Council in the funding available to support bus services in this current financial year. The authority said it had to make further savings of £196m to its budget by 2019.

In her description of the petition online, Ms Gray said she was asking the Government to reinstate a cut in bus service subsidies to Cornwall Council so that bus service providers could continue offering a full service.

She the bus cuts will cause “unemployment, lower employment prospects, damage the local economies of rural communities and has the potential to cause social exclusion for many people living in these areas”.

Ms Gray added: “Cornwall Council have instigated drastic cuts to bus services in Cornwall, specifically to supported services in rural areas. West Penwith will lose one bus operator and many of it's rural routes, although there are many other rural communities within Cornwall which will also suffer such cuts. This is due to a cut in subsidy from the Government.

“To drastically cut rural supported bus services will cause unemployment, lower employment prospects, damage the local economies of rural communities and has the potential to cause social exclusion for many people living in these areas.

“I want the Government to reinstate with immediate effect, the supported services subsidies paid to Cornwall Council for public bus transport to a financially appropriate level to which Bus companies can then continue to provide rural bus services to the areas of Cornwall affected.”

A Cornwall Council spokesman said while it was doing it's best to protect essential frontline services, it is "impossible to make this level of savings without affecting some services".

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  • ifonlyinew  |  October 01 2013, 1:14PM

    As far as I have read might be wrong but Cornwall council was given funding the amount was not set but was given guidlines all areas asked for an amount for transport & out of all of England, Cornwall & Somerset were the only 2 councils not to designate it to the money to the area it was intended for, This is allowed because of new rules stating that concils can use the money how they wish. Cornwall council has decided them selfs that transport is not as important as new harbours 8 million & doing up st johns hall in penzance for 4 million & more.

  • MarmoraMan  |  September 26 2013, 10:27PM

    While I regret the planned loss of the bus service for the villages of North Cornwall I think this petition and bemoaning the quote "enormous cuts coming from central Government" we should instead be looking for cost effective solutions. Many people in these villages will regularly drive to and from, usually with just the driver in the car. Smart phones and PCs have a lot of car sharing applications where "requests for travel" can be matched to "offers of travel". Sites such as "carpooling.co.uk", "Liftshare.com" or "BlaBlaCar.com" show what is possible. Yes, the elderly may not all be at ease with smart phone applications but community shops such as the one in St Tudy could act as coordinating centres on behalf of those without IT access or skills.

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  • nickthompson  |  September 26 2013, 5:03PM

    "Petition to Government against Cornwall bus cuts" What is the point of petitioning the Government, was it not their decision to cut the grants to local councils, on a lighter note let us all rejoice at the news that the boss of Network Rail has been appointed to rescue the Government's £50billion HS2 project at an annual salary of £591,000. Quango king Sir David Higgins has held a number of lucrative taxpayer-funded roles.

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  • josdave  |  September 26 2013, 12:16PM

    Wait till next year when central government gives even less to the council to go towards rural services. Shows how much they care, despite their claims, about rural transport. The direct effect of this will be more cars clogging up the rural roads with the added accidents that will bring.

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  • TheGeofflane  |  September 26 2013, 11:27AM

    A cruel incomer might suggest that West Penwith, that bastion of Cornish nationalism, should organise and pay for its own buses, rather than beg for a greater annual hand-out from the hated oppressors across the Tamar! Perhaps a few wind farms could raise the money and make better use of all that free wind energy.

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