Ribble Valley bus protest campaign reaches House of Commons

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Ribble Valley MP Mr Nigel Evans has spoken out in the House of Commons against proposed bus cuts that are set to be decided at a budget meeting at Lancashire County Councilnext Thursday.

Mr Evans spoke in the House of Commons to give the massive Ribble Valley campaign that has been launched against the proposed cuts a national profile.

He said: “It is important that Lancashire County Council are aware of the scale of opposition to these proposals and the widespread concern that is felt by people in the Ribble Valley.

“I will continue to argue against the removal of these subsidies. People in the Ribble Valley cannot be left without these vital public services.’’

Speaking to the Leader of the House of Commons, Chris Grayling, Mr Evans slammed the consultation set up about the bus service cuts a “sham’’ because although it runs until the end of March the county council has already told bus operators they are going to withdraw some subsidies in February.

Mr Evans called on a Government Minister to make a statement about the consultation and also outline what action could be taken to ensure that some of the most elderly and vulnerable living in rural villages in the Ribble Valley will be helped. During the debate the Leader of the House of Commons said it was unacceptable for a county council to make a decision about proposals without even seeing the consultation responses.

Protestors are set to attend the D day meeting at county hall from across the Ribble Valley. County councillors must deliver savings of £262m. over the next five years and cuts to bus services is among the proposals to fund the shortfall. Petitions and facebook campaigns have been set up and in Chipping protestors are even seeking advice challenging the legality of the proposals.