Now is the time to make stand over buses...

Alan Marsh and Angela Patchett are campaigning against proposals to cut back on subsidised bus services.

Alan Marsh and Angela Patchett are campaigning against proposals to cut back on subsidised bus services.

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Campaigners in Fleetwood have got on board a Weekly News petition in a bid to help safeguard under-threat bus routes in the area.

Not only are residents signing the petition, but community activists have been out with copies of the forms making sure others don’t miss the chance to get involved.

Lancashire County Council is considering cutbacks on subsidised bus services throughout the county as it looks to make huge savings in the wake of savage budget cuts from central government.

A string of bus routes in Fleetwood, such as the 74, 75, 84a 86, 89 and 89H, would be affected if the budgets cuts are approved at County Hall next month.

Although the council says these are only options, campaigners say it is crucial the authority is aware of public concerns before decisions are made.

Larkholme resident Alan Marsh is one of those involved in the campaign.

He has printed out copies of the form and placed them at the Co-operative store in Larkholme, and also called in at Larkholme Community Centre, on Cartmell Avenue.

Mr Marsh, a former Fleetwood town council chairman, said: “It is important, vital even, that some of these key bus services are saved – particularly the 74 which links Fleetwood with Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

“Now is the time to make a stand and make sure the county council is at least aware of local concerns.

“We need a comprehensive bus service which serves the out-of-reach places where older people rely on them. I am fortunate in having a car – if you don’t drive and can’t afford taxis for longer journeys, you’ll be stuck without these buses.”

Angela Patchett, a former Labour councillor, has sent copies around to coffee mornings at St Peter’s Church, held on Tuesday and Friday mornings, and the New Venture Club on Warren Street, where they can still be signed.

Other residents have dropped off filled forms at the Weekly News office at 168 Lord Street.

Mrs Patchett said: “If some of these key services are cut back, it will make life much harder for older people in Fleetwood and those in isolated communities like Over Wyre.

“The council must see if there are better ways to save money. Many of the people I have spoken to are very concerned about this.”

Coun Lorraine Beavers, a Lancashire County councillor for Fleetwood, said: “The council has some tough decisions to make and it is not easy to decide which services should be cut.

“I can understand the concerns about the buses and it is always worthwhile people making a point, so that the council knows exactly how they feel.”

Coun Beavers said those concerned about the buses can also email her at: lorraine.beavers@lancashire.gov.uk

Forms can filled in and sent to the Weekly News office at 168 Lord Street.