Transport problems rumble on

A MEETING is to be held to discuss travel problems in the parish after the county council refused to help.

In November, Ian Coe, the county’s transport support manager, told Newton on the Moor and Swarland Parish Council that he would do what he could to help solve public transport problems as services were to be axed.

But at last week’s meeting, clerk Lisa Hamlin said that, despite emails being exchanged, the county council had ‘categorically said no to anything’.

“I told them that was totally unacceptable,” she said.

“They have left villagers with no transport and it is the responsibility of the county council to find an alternative.”

The county then came back to the parish and said it was prepared to sit down and have a further discussion as long as the parish council was prepared to put money in to a scheme.

Coun Neil Mansfield said that they are looking at providing a feeder service for passengers to connect to buses in Felton, but that would cost £57 per day, which the parish council could not afford.

MP Sir Alan Beith has been contacted about the council’s concerns to try to help the case.

Coun Mansfield added that Arriva would want £13,000 per year to support two vehicles to service the village.

County councillor Trevor Thorne said: “I did have a meeting with Ian Coe and he said they were waiting on the parish council getting back to him.

“The county council is prepared to meet you part way and put some money in to it.”

Coun Thorne will also be involved in the meeting to help find a way forward for the council.