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James Cartlidge writes CE
Like many readers of this column I was very concerned when I heard that a number of bus routes in South Suffolk would lose their subsidy, potentially threatening their viability. As such, as soon as possible after hearing the news I met with officials from Suffolk County Council to highlight the extent to which my constituents will be affected by these changes. A number of the parish councils, and local residents, have already written to me to set out their concerns. I do sympathise, given that we are often talking about a very rare local service and one serving remote and potentially more vulnerable constituents. This is also happening at a time when school bus services are being reconfigured in ways that have plainly presented significant challenges to many parents. Having said all that, we cannot ignore the fact that some local bus services are very far from being economic. I have spent time with Cllr Mary Evans, Suffolk’s cabinet member for transport, going through the detail of specific routes and their long-term viability. Some services that are threatened receive subsidies as high as £25 per ticket and I am not a supporter of largely empty diesel double-deckers driving around the countryside at taxpayers’ expense. So, what can we do? On some of these routes, where the subsidy is not enormous, the bus service providers will be encouraged to run the route without Council funding. On the less popular routes, it may be that community transport providers, or taxi-buses, could take over the service on a commercial basis. Fundamentally, I am keen to see these routes maintained where possible and so want to use this opportunity to look at potential innovation. I have already organised a meeting of local taxi firms with SCC transport officials to explore how they could set up as taxi-bus operators, and will also be engaging with community transport providers. Finally, I will be encouraging all operators to secure the Government funding available to upgrade their buses and taxis to electric vehicles. With some forward-thinking it may be possible to provide more versatile, financially sustainable and environmentally-friendly services.
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Polstead WI Open Meeting Tuesday September 10th 2019 at 7.30pm – Please come and join Polstead WI listening to our Speaker, Rachel Sloane, who was with BBC Radio Suffolk for 17 years, and has had a career in local radio spanning 28 years. Rachel is giving a talk titled “Secrets Behind the Scene in Local Radio”. £3.50 per person entrance fee which includes refreshments. Everyone welcome, we look forward to seeing you.
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Another successful afternoon and enjoyable lunch at the Village Hall. Thank you to everyone who came along to support us. We hope to see you all again so keep a lookout for our Harvest Lunch some time in October.
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Lavenham Art Society August 2019 Exhibition at St Peter & St Paul Church in Lavenham, Suffolk, commencing Saturday August 10th-Monday 26th, open from 9am-6pm Monday-Saturday and 12noon-6pm on Sunday. Free admission and car park nearby. The Church is wheelchair friendly.
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The Village Edition, August 2019