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Councillor says North Yorkshire bus cuts are ‘appalling’
8:58am Thursday 29th August 2013 in News
A COUNCILLOR has said he is “appalled” at cuts to bus subsidies planned by North Yorkshire council chiefs as they battle to meet a £66 million savings target.
North Yorkshire County Council has started a consultation on proposals to reduce the amount it spends on bus services by a quarter – £1.1 million a year – due to the need to balance the books between 2015 and 2019, among other possible measures.
But Coun Mike Cockerill, who represents Filey on Scarborough Borough Council, said any cutbacks had to be “realistic” and he feared a shuttle bus which takes people around the centre of the town could be lost. He said: "This will affect the tourist trade and also Filey, in particular, has a large elderly population who use the service."
The council has said bus services are a “lifeline” for many people but expenditure has to be reduced amid Government funding cuts.
The consultation on the proposed bus subsidy reductions and other savings proposals runs until November 25.
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