I have just discovered the Claines Saturday 37 Bus Service is to be reinstated on Saturday 23rd November. I would like to say a huge thank you, to all the residents, who have been in contact and given support on this issue.
In particular, thank you for your encouragement, the information and history on local bus provision and signing and sharing the paper and online petitions.
I handed the petitions in to Full Council, Worcestershire County Council, on Thursday 7th November. As a City Councillor (as opposed to County Councillor), I was allowed to speak publicly, for 3 minutes.
I used this time to highlight the vast sums of money agreed in the S106 agreement, for local transport including local bus provision, relevant to Claines. I requested these be used as intended, to enable local residents without car access, to be able to access hospitals, GPs and services, attend events and shops and visit family and friends on a Saturday.
Climate change, the urgency of addressing this, plus the economy, enabling access to the High Street for all, was also touched upon. It was pleasing to note the particular interest taken by some County Councillors. Thank you very much to the officers for enabling this.
At the time of writing I have not received formal notification from Worcestershire County Council or First Bus, on reinstatement of the service. I have taken the information from online publicity promoted by local political opposition. I am seeking official confirmation.
Going forward I will press the issue of Councillors working in collaboration, despite their political allegiance, for the good of all.