Petition is launched in fight against bus cuts

Group of residents join the petition to fight against coastal cuts. Photo by John Crossland.

Group of residents join the petition to fight against coastal cuts. Photo by John Crossland.

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AN ANGRY group of residents have joined a petition to fight against the bus cuts which came into effect with the arrival of the winter bus timetable.

As reported in last week’s Standard, bus services have been dramatically cut due to withdrawal of funding from Lincolnshire County Council which was announced earlier in the year.

Chris Briggs, head of transport, commented that cutbacks were ‘sadly unavoidable’ and that LCC understood that local bus services were important, ‘especially in rural areas’.

He added that the cuts were focused on the services which were not well used and those at off-peak times.

However, residents have hit back at the decision to stop services after 7.15pm and the Sunday number 9 bus from October 30, to many of the major villages in the area, including Ingoldmells, Chapel St Leonards, Mablethorpe and Sutton On Sea.

Ingoldmells resident, Keli Rastel, 28, has now took the matter into her own hands and launched the petition against the cuts.

Keli has gained support from members of the community and Ingoldmells Primary School, and by time of going to print, around 400 people had signed it. And once complete, it will be sent to both Ingoldmells Parish Council and Skegness Town Council.

Keli said: “Without the bus I can’t get around now in the evenings. It puts me off going to see friends, even as far as Chapel because I can’t get back and I know of another mother who couldn’t even pick her children up after a school trip because of it. It will stop people going to big events in the area like firework displays, late night shopping and Christmas events. I will be taking this petition to the council in the hope they can get something done about it.”