Hampshire’s Conservative-run County Council has proposed to completely scrap subsidies for local bus services and to cut the number of recycling centres by half, in order to cut £140 million from the council’s budget.
The Conservatives also plan to get rid of school crossing patrols and cut home to school transport.
The plans mean that local ‘shopper’ services, such as the 119 service running between Lymington and New Milton, may be lost because they are completely funded by the council subsidy. The plans also threaten the New Forest’s recycling centres (Efford and Marchwood).
Responding to the plans, Cllr David Harrison, said:
“Once again, it is going to be the most vulnerable who are going to be affected.
“Cutting bus subsidies will result in the loss of much-needed bus services especially in rural area.”
Local party chair, Jack Davies, said:
“The Conservatives spent the election campaign telling people they would fight for local services, but now they are cutting them.
“Liberal Democrats will keep on fighting the Conservative cuts.”
Economy and Transport Proposals here.
Children’s Services Proposals here.