A PARISH council is calling upon residents to take part in a survey focusing on bus services in the area. Forsbrook Parish Council is running the public consultation following cuts made by Staffordshire County Council to bus services in Forsbrook. The parish council is now asking residents to tell them when and where they would like bus services to be operate through Forsbrook.
The consultation follows a meeting with other parish councils in the area and a representative from D&G Bus company.
The outcome of that meeting was discussed at the recent Forsbrook Parish Council. Councillors were told that “D&G gave us a figure for how much it would cost to set up a bus service. It is not cheap but if it is shared between councils, it could be affordable.”
It was agreed that each council would initially consult with their parishes to see what days and times residents would like buses to be available.
Forsbrook Parish Council is now asking residents to fill in a survey which is available from parish clerk Dawn Plant.
Anyone wishing to take part in the Forsbrook Parish Council survey can either email Dawn at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07919 911938.
Dawn added: “At present Forsbrook, Fulford, Caverswall, Dilhorne and Draycott parish councils have shown an interest in collaborating to get a bus service back in the area.
“We are all carrying out a survey to ascertain the times etc. for when the buses are required.”
Dawn, who is also clerk for Fulford Parish Council confirmed that they carried out their consultation surrounding a bus service some months ago.
Meanwhile, clerk to Draycott Parish Council Denise Wheat confirmed that she and chairman Cllr Pat McLaughlin had attended the collective meeting of the parish councils regarding the bus services.
She said: “It was a very positive meeting with lots of ideas for a community network around the local villages, but the issue for many councils will be the subsidy that each parish would have to contribute to run the bus. The cost of this will affect the parish precept.
“A questionnaire was discussed at our last meeting. We now need to publicise the possibility of a local bus service being reinstated to see if there is interest.
“We need to know how many people would use the service, what days they would want to travel, the destination preferred, such as Cheadle, Longton, Stone, Uttoxeter, and the time of day.
“It was discussed about the possibility of doing different routes on different days, such as market days in the towns.”
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