Grantham Journal letter: People will be cut off by cuts

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Your front page article in The Journal last week quite rightly highlighted that ‘axing bus services will cut people off’.

Lincolnshire is already poorly served by public buses in comparison with other areas of the country. This puts us at an economic disadvantage as people have difficulty accessing work, also, people without transport are limited in where they can shop.

It also creates significant inequalities excluding those without a car from access to health care ie our A&E units, and other public services. Whilst those on higher incomes may be able to use taxi services this is not always viable either.

Pensioners will be rightly aggrieved being only too aware of the limited service their free bus pass provides them in comparison to those living in cities. I was pleased to be able to give support to a county wide Labour initiative to start a petition to oppose these cuts which now has over 5000 signatures.

However, your artlcle also quoted local district cllr Linda Coutts who suggested that free parking on the streets of the town centre be removed and meters introduced to pay for bus services.

As the elected representative for residents living on many of those streets I have to state this is a ludicrous proposal that will cause yet more issues for people who fight daily to park near their home, some of who are elderly and disabled and opted to live in the town centre so as to be less reliant on public transport. I note both Conservative cllr Hill and cllr Coutts are opposing these cuts but putting it bluntly these cuts are what they stand for.

They represent a party wedded to the idea of imposing austerity and slashing public service funds at a historic rate.

The Conservative government were very evasive during the general election and. whilst only too happy to attack Labour’s fully costed proposals that would have seen an increase in investment in rural bus services, proposed cuts whilst also promising to protect services.

Their figures simply did not and do not stack up. they are ignoring the consequences of the shortfall hitting local communities which is an option local councillors do not have.

Councillor Charmaine Morgan