County council consults public on bus cuts

A Bakewell and Eyam Community Transport driver helps a passenger
A Bakewell and Eyam Community Transport driver helps a passenger

Campaigners are urging as many people as possible to take part in a council consultation that could see transport services used by elderly and vulnerable residents across Derbyshire dramatically cut or even totally removed.

Bakewell and Eyam Community Transport is asking its service users to persuade their relatives, friends and even members of the general public to participate in the survey so Derbyshire County Council are made aware just how vital the services are.

In addition to the threat to the services themselves, the group is worried that the length and complexity of the document will put many people off completing it.

Elaine Edwards, chief executive of Bakewell and Eyam Community Transport, said: “These services are a lifeline for people.

“If our users are only going to get out of the house regularly once a week, that is going to be pretty depressing for them.

“Getting out and about makes their days and allows them to socialise with others.”

The consultation document states that reductions in government grants, inflation and greater demands on other areas of spending means that the council must “re-think” the way it delivers many of its services.

The consultation can be completed online at www.derbyshire.gov.uk and the closing date is September 15.