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.”
Residents of Anne Court in Talke are celebrating after pushing Highways at Staffordshire County Council to take action to stop 28 tonne HGVs reversing into their road with the help of their Labour Councillors. New Bollards have now been put in place to stop the large vehicles reversing dangerously close to residential properties making Anne Court safer.
Tracey Littleton of Anne Court said: “our Councillors worked with us to find the right solution. My family and neighbours are much happier and we feel safer in our homes. Our Talke Councillors have done a great job and I’m greatful for their support.”
Councillor David Allport said: “Local People always come first and when residents contacted me I knew action needed to be taken. We have a lot of highway issues in Talke and its important the County Council listen to residents. Saftey is paramount and as Labour Councillors, we will always do our best for Talke”.
John Taylor, Labour’s County Council candidate said: “Councillors working together with local people to achieve a great result is exactly what the Labour Party is about. This is a real success story and I am so proud of what has been achieved”.
Cllr Kyle Robinson