Residents faced with a considerable walk

PUBLISHED: 10:32 21 August 2006 | UPDATED: 09:44 24 May 2010

I REALLY am becoming tired of hearing from Cllr John Crockford-Hawley how he is going to improve the bus service in North Somerset. Here in the old village section of our community the bus service has been taken away and re-routed to serve part of the new

I REALLY am becoming tired of hearing from Cllr John Crockford-Hawley how he is going to improve the bus service in North Somerset.Here in the old village section of our community the bus service has been taken away and re-routed to serve part of the new development and to provide yet another bus to serve the new Magistrates Court building. All this at the time when free bus travel has been made available to the over 60s and the disabled and when we are all being urged to forego the car and use public transport.Many of our residents are elderly or disabled and no longer able or willing to drive. Furthermore development in the village area has more than doubled the number of homes in the last three years. We have for years enjoyed a once hourly bus which allowed people to have easy access to the Queensway shopping centre, to town and to the hospital. Now the bus has been taken elsewhere our residents are faced with a considerable walk into the new development or another long walk and cross the very busy and dangerous New Bristol Road where there is no pedestrian crossing and no traffic lights, although these should have been fitted at least three years ago.In spite of considerable outrage within the community, a petition and an appeal in person by the undersigned to the entire North Somerset Council, no effort appears to have been made to reinstate the service to St Georges village although this could easily be done with only slight alterations to the route now in place. I am quite sure that John Crockford-Hawley could use his influence to remedy this situation if he really had the mind to. First Bus and North Somerset Council should realise that it isn't all about profits, service to the community should also play its part.JOHN WARREN - Chairman St Georges Parish Council

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