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West Sussex Tories endorse next round of Bus Service cuts!

Contrary to the headlines from the recent County Council press release, only the Conservative members of the Strategic Environmental Services Select Committee supported the recommendation put forward for a second phase of bus subsidy reductions.

All three Liberal Democrat members on the Committee voted against the proposal which will leave many people without a bus service from April 2012.  

Derek Deedman, Liberal Democrat County Councillor for the Bramber Castle Division, said,

“The Conservatives say they have no option to making these cuts, but the Liberal Democrats proposed an amendment to the Council Budget for 2011/12 in February which the Conservatives voted down. If it had been accepted this would have enabled these bus cuts to be avoided, whilst still achieving the overall savings the Council has to make.  

“Many West Sussex residents without access to a car will now not have a bus service in the evenings or on a Sunday or to get children to & from school from April next year. In some areas, such as Steyning and Upper Beeding in my Division, local people could be entirely isolated from other parts of the County unless the bus companies operate some of the services at a loss. And for how long will they do that?”