Conservatives have welcomed the latest u-turn by the Green Administration on Brighton & Hove City Council – this time over their proposed cuts to bus services.
The Council’s Policy & Resources Committee agreed a late report today (Thursday) that won a reprieve for winter Sunday evening services (21B, 22, 24, 26, 27, 81A) and the crucial 81 daily evening service – the only evening bus that serves Goldstone Valley from the city centre. The Committee also agreed to continue running for another year the 96 and 74 school buses that serve Hove Park/Blatchington Mill and Patcham High School respectively.
Conservative Group Leader – Cllr. Geoffrey Theobald – said: “I’m delighted that the pressure we have been putting on the Greens over this has paid off. Residents on the affected routes who have mounted such a strong community campaign against the bus cuts, that the Greens voted through at the last Policy & Resources Committee, will be delighted that common-sense has prevailed. The Greens have now agreed to save all the routes that we campaigned for with the exception of the 52 route, which will now have to terminate at the Marina, forcing customers who want to get to the city centre to change buses, and there may be no through ticketing. We strongly feel that the direct route from Ovingdean and Woodingdean to the city centre should remain.”
Hove Park Ward councillors – Vanessa Brown and Jayne Bennett – have led a strong campaign to reinstate the 81 service which is the only evening service running through a large part of their ward. Cllr. Brown said: “It would have been a disaster for local residents had the Greens pushed ahead with their plans to get rid of the 81 and so I’m delighted that they have caved into the pressure and performed a u-turn. I’m just sorry that residents in my ward, and across the city, have been caused all this anxiety in recent weeks by the Greens’ incompetence and mismanagement.”
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For further information please contact Cllr. Theobald on 07753636203 or Cllr. Brown on 07795335816