Relax! It isn’t Swire or Parish – it’s MP Kevin Foster in Torbay! Can you honestly see Parish doing something similar for cut-off Seaton or doing anything that isn’t about the A 303? Or Swire bringing up the fact that in Sidmouth the council has also declined a petition about the future of Port Royal? Get a grip!
“Torbay Council has been blasted during a debate in the House of Commons for a ‘Jobsworth’ attitude to a local bus campaign. As reported by DevonLive, residents in Torquay are dismayed at the axing of the number 65 bus.
They have prepared a petition containing more than 1,200 signatures, but Torbay council has declined to accept it at its next meeting.
Torbay MP Kevin Foster duly took the petition to the House of Commons and presented it there, at which point the Deputy Speaker Lindsay Hoyle told him: “You need to have another word with that local authority.
Mr Foster joined a group of 30 residents battling to get the 65 bus route reinstated after it was axed in April. The route covered some of the hilliest areas of the town including Hele, Babbacombe and Ellacombe.
Campaigner Val Baker said: “Since the bus was axed, many of the most vulnerable and elderly members of the community have been left cut off and isolated. People say they feel cut off from the outside world now and their only alternative is to use a taxi, which they can ill afford.”
The nationwide Campaign for Better Transport is urging Torbay Council to rethink its transport plan and consult with the community. They say the misery of the bus cuts is an all-too-common story all over the country.
In the House of Commons Mr Foster handed in the petition and said: “Some Jobsworths at Torbay Council have decided they wish to reject this petition, so it’s welcome that this House is more responsive to my residents’ views than some officers at their local council.
“The petition declares that the cancellation of the 65 bus will have detrimental impact on local residents and in particular elderly residents. The petition therefore requests that the House of Commons urges Torbay Council to commit to providing a similar service to the previous 65 service for the sake of the local residents as soon as possible.”