Mass petition to bring real buses back to isolated Stowmarket residents

26 February 2018

Green Party backing for planning aims to be realised

A petition with 291 signatures of residents from the Combs Ford area has been sent to Leader of Mid Suffolk District Council, Nick Gowrley, with a copy also sent to Jo Churchill MP, complaining about the decline of their bus service to an infrequent minibBus petition extractus. It only stops twice a day in each direction from the southern end of Stowmarket, with the return journey from the town centre within 42 minutes or over 5 hours later if you get the early minibus to the main shopping area.

Local resident, Melissa Williams, commented through social media that "sometimes the bus is really disabled access or room for shopping trolleys or mobility aids makes it not accessible to all…..we feel a little bit cut off up here now."

When 75 new homes were approved by the MSDC planning committee in 2014, the development brief stated that the ‘District Council aims to promote further bus services in the area of the site and the option exists to connect the route between Poplar Hill and Farriers Road with a bus-only link.’

Green Party Town Councillor Gareth Betts-Davies said “Given that the 75 homes will yield £400,000 plus in New Homes Bonus over the next 4 years, shared between MSDC (80%) and SCC (20%), is seems only appropriate the residents of Stowmarket ask why a subsidy for such an important service has not been made available. For some, the decline has led to increasing isolation and loneliness. Others will no doubt retain their cars and drive into the centre, increasing air pollution levels and putting extra pressure on the limited parking spaces. The Ipswich Road is already full of pot holes so really doesn’t need any additional pressure. Surely, we should be improving and promoting access to ensure a busy and economically vibrant town centre, not allowing such degradation to our services.”

East Anglian Daily Times story

Bus Petition EADT


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