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Village petition to save Edgworth bus link

Lancashire Telegraph: FIGHT MP Jake Berry is backing the bus users FIGHT MP Jake Berry is backing the bus users

EDGWORTH residents have spoken out over plans to axe a key village bus service.

Backed by Darwen MP Jake Berry, Blackburn with Darwen Council has been presented with a petition signed by 150 people calling for the 537 Edgworth to Bolton route to be saved.

The decision to end the service came when the council was tasked with finding £48m savings over three years.

After reviewing spending, members chose to recoup £400,000 from public transport subsidies.

The council said its decision came after a review of bus services across the borough.

Ending the Edgworth route is said to have followed the policy to ‘maintain the highest number of services with the greatest number of passengers travelling on them’.

A report responding to the petition said: “The council is acutely aware of the impact that the withdrawals of subsidy have had to residents in the south of the borough.

“The council has had to take some difficult decisions in unprecedented circumstances.”

It adds that the situation where the last service from Bolton to Edgworth now falls at 5pm “is not an ideal one”.

Mr Berry said: “If this service is withdrawn, it would leave many residents, particularly those without vehicles, isolated.

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"There are children who cannot access schools and workers unable to return home after 5pm.

There are also many elderly residents now unable to access services and appointments.

“This is clearly an unacceptable situation.”

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11:35am Tue 11 Oct 11

Keep Darwen Green says...

Stick to the path, beware the road!!!
Stick to the path, beware the road!!! Keep Darwen Green
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12:13pm Tue 11 Oct 11

Private I says...

These cuts are as a direct result of Jake Berry's Government so perhaps the Edgewoth residents will remember that at the next election.

Its a simple message to remember --If you vote Tory your services will be cut!
These cuts are as a direct result of Jake Berry's Government so perhaps the Edgewoth residents will remember that at the next election. Its a simple message to remember --If you vote Tory your services will be cut! Private I
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12:27pm Tue 11 Oct 11

Mr Knightstemplar says...

There is plenty of places to live on main bus routes in Bolton Blackburn and Darwen or if you choose to live in places that don't have all the vermin crime perverts and degenerates that we have to live with in the main towns then you are going to pay for that privliege£££££'
s I support further cuts to all villages through out east Lancashire if it meant an hippie or anyone else can walk about their business safely in the main towns as that solution as yet to be immplemented and the safety of the populous of east Lancs is far more up the agenda than some silly bus ride out into the sticks
There is plenty of places to live on main bus routes in Bolton Blackburn and Darwen or if you choose to live in places that don't have all the vermin crime perverts and degenerates that we have to live with in the main towns then you are going to pay for that privliege£££££' s I support further cuts to all villages through out east Lancashire if it meant an hippie or anyone else can walk about their business safely in the main towns as that solution as yet to be immplemented and the safety of the populous of east Lancs is far more up the agenda than some silly bus ride out into the sticks Mr Knightstemplar
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1:33pm Tue 11 Oct 11

happycyclist says...

Mr Knightstemplar wrote:
There is plenty of places to live on main bus routes in Bolton Blackburn and Darwen or if you choose to live in places that don't have all the vermin crime perverts and degenerates that we have to live with in the main towns then you are going to pay for that privliege£££££'

s I support further cuts to all villages through out east Lancashire if it meant an hippie or anyone else can walk about their business safely in the main towns as that solution as yet to be immplemented and the safety of the populous of east Lancs is far more up the agenda than some silly bus ride out into the sticks
A surprisingly good point.
[quote][p][bold]Mr Knightstemplar[/bold] wrote: There is plenty of places to live on main bus routes in Bolton Blackburn and Darwen or if you choose to live in places that don't have all the vermin crime perverts and degenerates that we have to live with in the main towns then you are going to pay for that privliege£££££' s I support further cuts to all villages through out east Lancashire if it meant an hippie or anyone else can walk about their business safely in the main towns as that solution as yet to be immplemented and the safety of the populous of east Lancs is far more up the agenda than some silly bus ride out into the sticks[/p][/quote]A surprisingly good point. happycyclist
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4:58pm Tue 11 Oct 11

sean_brfc says...

Mr Knightstemplar wrote:
There is plenty of places to live on main bus routes in Bolton Blackburn and Darwen or if you choose to live in places that don't have all the vermin crime perverts and degenerates that we have to live with in the main towns then you are going to pay for that privliege£££££'

s I support further cuts to all villages through out east Lancashire if it meant an hippie or anyone else can walk about their business safely in the main towns as that solution as yet to be immplemented and the safety of the populous of east Lancs is far more up the agenda than some silly bus ride out into the sticks
A ridiculous comment!
[quote][p][bold]Mr Knightstemplar[/bold] wrote: There is plenty of places to live on main bus routes in Bolton Blackburn and Darwen or if you choose to live in places that don't have all the vermin crime perverts and degenerates that we have to live with in the main towns then you are going to pay for that privliege£££££' s I support further cuts to all villages through out east Lancashire if it meant an hippie or anyone else can walk about their business safely in the main towns as that solution as yet to be immplemented and the safety of the populous of east Lancs is far more up the agenda than some silly bus ride out into the sticks[/p][/quote]A ridiculous comment! sean_brfc
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7:46pm Tue 11 Oct 11

Wigansalad says...

If he really cared about this he'd take his petition to Eric Pickles and ask why his constituents have had to take cuts of £128.94 per head compared to £2 a head in East Dorset.
If he really cared about this he'd take his petition to Eric Pickles and ask why his constituents have had to take cuts of £128.94 per head compared to £2 a head in East Dorset. Wigansalad
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9:24pm Tue 11 Oct 11

Excluded again says...

Jake Berry voted for eye-watering cuts to Councils in northen towns like Blackburn with Darwen and tiny, weeny cuts to Councils in the south.

Then he complains when a northern Council has to make cuts.

What a massive hypocrite.
Jake Berry voted for eye-watering cuts to Councils in northen towns like Blackburn with Darwen and tiny, weeny cuts to Councils in the south. Then he complains when a northern Council has to make cuts. What a massive hypocrite. Excluded again
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12:24am Wed 12 Oct 11

hasslem hasslem says...

Excluded again wrote:
Jake Berry voted for eye-watering cuts to Councils in northen towns like Blackburn with Darwen and tiny, weeny cuts to Councils in the south.

Then he complains when a northern Council has to make cuts.

What a massive hypocrite.
what's the difference between tiny and weeny?
.
i guess the same as massive and overwhelming in terms of overspend.
[quote][p][bold]Excluded again[/bold] wrote: Jake Berry voted for eye-watering cuts to Councils in northen towns like Blackburn with Darwen and tiny, weeny cuts to Councils in the south. Then he complains when a northern Council has to make cuts. What a massive hypocrite.[/p][/quote]what's the difference between tiny and weeny? . i guess the same as massive and overwhelming in terms of overspend. hasslem hasslem
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