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Local Liberal Democrats fighting bus cuts across West Sussex

January 29, 2019 9:10 PM
In Mid Sussex Times
Originally published by Mid Sussex Liberal Democrats

Local Liberal Democrat's for Mid Sussex have been fighting against proposed cuts to bus services in Mid Sussex. The Tory led council is cutting £300,000 from the subsidised travel budget, and has now outlined which services will be affected.

Lib Dem Kirsty Lord, county councillor for Hassocks and Burgess Hill South, said: "Residents repeatedly tell us that they want better services so that they can get around more easily. Buses are more environmentally friendly than cars and can reduce road congestion.

Alison Bennett, the Lib Dems' prospective parliamentary candidate for Arundel and South Downs, added: "In a rural constituency like Arundel & South Downs it cannot be overestimated how important bus services are. Cutting bus services may save money from the council's bottom line, but it will deepen the very real but all too often hidden problem of rural poverty."

Lib Dem Kate O'Kelly, county councillor for Midhurst, who has lead the opposition to the cuts said: "Young people getting to school and college, working age people getting to work and our elderly residents all rely on our buses. "There is a real chance that this decision will lead to more social isolation which will cost the Council more in the long run."

Your local Liberal Democrat's continue to campaign to maintain local bus services to support local communities and the environment.

Source: Mid Sussex Times