Resident forced to move following bus changes
PUBLISHED: 12:00 27 June 2011
RESIDENTS are in worried they will be isolated after proposed changes to a bus service which connects Weston and neighbouring villages.
The number 83 bus service provided by North Somerset Council from Worlebury to Bleadon is under review from July 25.
One of the proposed changes to the service is to remove a stop at The Veale, a housing estate in Bleadon.
This is because the bus would have to reverse and turn around.
A resident is considering moving house following the change which means the bus will not stop at The Veale, a housing estate in Bleadon.
Sally Higgs moved to The Veale a year ago because of the good transport link the service provided to the centre of Weston.
She feels that following these proposed changes, it will force her to move.
She said: “I moved here because of the bus service that was going into town.
“It is a perfect place for me to live, somewhere I can relax of an evening, but pop to town if need be.
“With these new planned routes I am going to have to move as there is no possible way that I can get into town.
Sally gave up her car last March because the running costs were too high for her.
She said: “With the cost of petrol and the cost of insurance and everything else that goes with it, it just became un-affordable.
“I need the bus.”
The route will stop in Bleadon village on Bridge Road, however there are concerns for residents with the climb from the remaining bus stop to The Veale.
Sally said: “There are residents near me who are 90-year-olds and they won’t be able to get up the hill.”
A council spokesman said: “We having been talking to the bus company following their concerns about access to this stop as they have to turn the bus round.
“There is another stop nearby and for anyone with mobility issues they can contact Weston dial a ride which can provide a door to door service.”