SBC snub for bus campaign petition handover

Councillors and bus campaigners at the petition handover
Councillors and bus campaigners at the petition handover

Bus campaigners delivered a 2,000-signature petition to Scottish Borders Council this week – and were told to leave the paperwork at reception, writes Colin Purvis.

This has angered Councillor Stuart Marshall who said: “‘It’s unfortunate that volunteer community representatives were not formally met by council officials to receive the petition.

“The 2,000 names are a representative view of many in our area who are totally dependent on the 120 bus service.

“It really is essential that their voices are heard and a long-term solution found.”

The Hawick News understands that the 120 service will continue as it is until August 16, but a decision will be made in the next week on service reduction and possible route changes and that a review of all bus services and subsidies is due.

Councillor Watson McAteer, who along with councillor Marshall were the only elected members present at the petition handover, said: “This comes just as the council are about to launch a public consultation exercise regarding a strategic approach to transport and accessibility.

He added: “The council needs to fully explain
what a reduced service means.

“Clearly if the service does not meet the needs of the impacted communities and jobs and livelihoods are being placed at risk, then they will need to think again.

“It is vital that those that use the 120 service are provided with reassurance as soon as possible.”

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