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Opposition mounting to Ryedale bus cuts
12:08pm Wednesday 9th October 2013 in News
MALTON Town Council has joined the campaign to oppose the £1.1 million cut in bus subsidies in North Yorkshire.
After decisions by town councillors at Pickering and Norton, those at Malton have now added added their opposition to the plan by the county council to axe 25 per cent of its £4.4 million subsidy to bus services county-wide.
Mike Skehan, Malton’s town clerk, said: “It just doesn’t make sense to reduce well-used bus services in Malton and Norton which as well as providing a very useful service to many people, especially the older generation, is important for the economic viability of many of our shops.
“In addition, the Ryedale Local Plan envisages 1,500 new homes being built in Malton and Norton over the next few years, so the demand for a good bus service is going to increase.”
Anne McIntosh, MP for Thirk and Malton, has been asked to support the campaign to retain the subsidies, and Malton councillors are urging other North Yorkshire MPs to add their voices before the public consultation period ends on November 25 after which North Yorkshire County Council will be making a decision.
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