Petition presented

A MARCH pensioner has attacked the way consultation was carried out on proposals to cut subsidised bus routes across the county.

The woman, who did not want to be named, launched a petition against the proposals because she felt the consultation process was not well publicised

And last Saturday (January 7) she presented the petition to local MP Stephen Barclay, who promised to pass it on to the county council.

A total of 476 people signed the petition which asked the county council not to make further cuts to the subsidised bus services, particularly in rural areas. She said the county’s consultation included a 20 page survey, which was mainly available on-line.

“Not everyone is computer literate, particularly older people who tend to be the people who rely most on bus services,” said the woman.

She claimed there was no publicity for the consultation on the buses themselves, which she said would be the logical place to highlight the issue.

She also said One Stop shops did not have any posters or copies of the survey to hand out to people and that she had personally taken a copy of a poster into the One Stop shop in March.

“I think if the county council was serious about consulting they would have made sure there was a poster on every bus and made the surveys more easily available.

A council spokesman said they had tried to tell all those would be affected using various methods from posters and flyers to stories in the media.”

All county, district and parish councillors were told of the link to the survey, there were posters. The information was made available through a multitude of outlets including: flyers sent to bus companies, the council’s website, Shape your Place websites; libraries; Fenland One Stop Shops; as well as to representative groups