Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 2°C

min temp: -2°C

Search

Buses lost from Shotley area after Suffolk County Council cuts spending

PUBLISHED: 14:15 12 October 2017 | UPDATED: 14:15 12 October 2017

David Wood who is angry about the withdrawal of bus services on the Shotley peninsula.

ES 30.3.11

David Wood who is angry about the withdrawal of bus services on the Shotley peninsula. ES 30.3.11

Villagers living in some communities on the Shotley peninsula face being cut off after the Suffolk County Council slashed spending on public transport, the area’s local councillor has warned.

The current six journeys a day between Shotley and Ipswich through Erwarton and Harksted will be reduced to a single bus – although Shotley itself will continue to be served by buses through Chelmondiston and Woolverstone which will be unaffected by these changes.

The 98 and 98a services are affected by the county council changes, the 202 services will continue as they run at present.

The county said the changes would reduce the subsidy on the service by £16,000 a year – and it needs to make savings in its public transport budget.

Local councillor David Wood – who is also leader of the Liberal Democrat, Green and Independent group at the county – expressed his concern at the changes.

He said: “Since the decision was revealed, I’ve had several e-mails from residents who are seriously concerned about the impact this will have on their quality of life.

“We are virtually cutting off part of the Shotley Peninsula community, making it extremely difficult, if not impossible, for residents to access local services.

“This is clearly not in line with the Council’s supposed commitment to inclusive growth in the county, nor does it fit with their aim to make Suffolk the ‘greenest county’.”

Reducing bus services will have a severe negative impact not only on residents, but also on local businesses. Michael Elvis, proprietor of The Baker’s Arms in Harkstead, stated, “The proposed decision is going to impact hugely on our business. We have customers who travel on the route from Ipswich to Shotley to visit The Baker’s Arms for lunch. The majority of those customers either do not have cars, or are unable to drive for various reasons.”

A Suffolk County Council spokesman said: “We are still subsidising this route with £12,000 a year, but just not at the same level as we previously have because we’re facing severe funding pressures. On non-school days and Saturdays, the subsidy remains the same as before.

“Decisions to make savings are never easy and we have been mindful to ensure communities are not completely cut off.”

Meet Ally – a devoted guide dog who is being forced to retire early after she was attacked six times in Suffolk.

Police searching for missing Kesgrave man Paul Moore, who has not seen for almost three weeks, have made an arrest.

I promised to write more about the café/restaurant on the corner of Fore Street and Neptune Lane cutting down to the Quayside. You will probably recall it as the Neptune Café but it has traded under a variety of names.

With temperatures due to plunge and three days of snow warnings, calls are being made for neighbours to look out for the more vulnerable people in their communities.

A man has been bailed after a jogger was allegedly attacked in an area of woodland near Foxhall Stadium in Ipswich.

Emergency services were called to the Orwell Bridge area on Sunday afternoon after two motorists reported seeing a man leaning over the bridge parapet.

East Anglia’s rail services are facing serious disruption this week because of the heavy snowfall predicted over the next few days.

Bitterly cold weather and plunging temperatures are set to hit Suffolk and Essex overnight – and people living on the eastern side of the region could wake up to a covering of snow this morning.

Major roadworks in Suffolk and Essex this week will bring partial and full closures to busy routes including the A14, A12, A120 and A47.

Ipswich market stallholders have been given another month rent-free to try to establish their pitches in their new sites after the closure of the Cornhill for redevelopment.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24