Labour Councillors are campaigning to save local bus services following huge cut backs to services by First. The removal of services to key locations has left residents isolated in their homes with no access to other forms of public transport.
Councillor David Allport and Mike Stubbs have met with the regional director of First Bus and hope to have a date for a public meeting soon.
David Allport said: “It’s appalling that first bus has removed these services without speaking to local people first. We will not sit back and allow First Bus to put profit before people. If there are problems with the service now, imagine what it will be like in winter for the elderly and disabled. How are local children going to get to school?”
Mike Stubbs also commented: “The Tory led Coalition Government has done all it can to cut transport subsidies up and down the UK. The Government wants more people to go out and work, but then removes the main option for the people of Talke and Talke Pits to get to the workplace. Cutting the bus service is a senseless thing to do.”
Councillors in Talke are calling for immediate repairs to be made to roads in Talke. Oak Tree Lane/Pitt Lane in Talke Pits has fallen into a state of disrepair and requires urgent works. Surrounding roads were addressed and resurfaced last year thanks to action taken by the County Councillor for Talke and Red Street, John Taylor. Unfortunately the County Council did not repair the entrance to Oak Tree Lane. The potholes have been present for well over 18 months and are now extremely dangerous.
Labour Councillor David Allport said: “A small pothole has now become a crater because Staffordshire County Council has failed to take action. The pothole issue in Pitt Lane and Oak Tree Lane has been reported several times before, but we are yet to see any remedial works. Cllr Stubbs and I want to see some swift action. This road is busy as people use it to access Freeport Shopping Centre and the Arbour Farm. Drivers have to swerve to avoid causing damage to their vehicles. We have now reported this issue again and hope to have a response very soon.”
A spokesperson for Freeport Shopping Centre said: “We have received complaints from customers and delivery vehicles experiencing problems on the approach to this site. We are surrounded by businesses requiring access with large vehicles, for example The Range, B&Q and Ash Road Markings to name but a few. We have also negotiated a bus service to the centre via First Bus Group and hope to increase and introduce further services and routes later this year.
“Last year we invested in roundabout sponsorships with the Borough Council and worked with Street Scene for landscaping works to bring awareness and improve the site. Both have been extremely helpful and it’s great to work in partnership.”
Labour Councillors have launched the local pothole patrol initiative and invite you to contact them with any complaints.
Staffordshire County Councillor, John Taylor: 01782 786227
Newcastle Borough Councillor, David Allport: 07870650248
Newcastle Borough Councillor, Mike Stubbs: 07500 091504