Councillors stage walk out in row over bus cuts motion

Cllr Janet Dover

Cllr Janet Dover

First published in News

COUNCILLORS staged a walk out at a meeting of Dorset County Council in protest at an apparent refusal to listen to a motion calling for an urgent review in relation to the cutting of bus services.

Members of the Liberal Democrat group on the council walked out for ten minutes after their attempts to put forward a motion calling for an urgent review of the prioritisation of resources in relation to the cutting of subsidies for bus services was unsuccessful.

Leader of the Lib Dem group Janet Dover proposed the motion and claimed to have the support of Lib Dem MP Annette Brooke.

She accused the council of imposing a gagging order after the council chairman John Wilson refused to allow a debate on the matter.

Cllr Dover said: “We requested that this was considered urgently in the form of a motion to council today.

“It is unprecedented for a motion like this to be refused.

“Other parties have motions accepted. Why has this motion been gagged?”

Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate for West Dorset and fellow county councillor Ros Kayes successfully campaigned to save the 47 bus connecting Bridport to Yeovil on the basis of the vital service it provides to rural communities, students and commuters.

She said: "The case of the 47 bus shows that where the council provides a subsidy, commercial providers can be encouraged to fill in some of the gaps.”

Cllr Kayes added: “When cuts have produced real problems, as they have with many of the rural communities in question, then it behoves the council to look again.”

Council leader Spencer Flower said that not all Lib Dem councillors had walked out and back the approach taken by the council chairman in refusing the motion.

He said: “The chairman of the council exercised his authority over the meeting and did not allow the motion as it talks about an urgent review of the prioritisation of resources in relation to the cutting of subsidies for bus services.

“It was not very long ago that we did all of that and did it with the good will of the bus operators and retendering isn’t until 2016.”

Cllr Flower said that the council subsidised bus routes in the county to the tune of around £2million.

He added that the council had agreed that the basis of the motion put forward by Cllr Dover would go to the authority’s environment overview committee meeting in October, where the concerns can be looked at in further detail.

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3:01pm Thu 24 Jul 14

MrTomSmith says...

I would probably walk out at every meeting.
I would probably walk out at every meeting. MrTomSmith
  • Score: 7

7:15pm Thu 24 Jul 14

iansedwell says...

What does a Tory County Council care for workers, students, the elderly, the unemployed... the communities that depend on robust and reliable bus services?

What do they care if someone can't get to work, get to hospital, get to college, get to a job interview?

They care not at all.
What does a Tory County Council care for workers, students, the elderly, the unemployed... the communities that depend on robust and reliable bus services? What do they care if someone can't get to work, get to hospital, get to college, get to a job interview? They care not at all. iansedwell
  • Score: 6

7:57am Fri 25 Jul 14

southwellman says...

Because they could not get their own way then have a huff? typical of the LIB dems.. the party who want to properly ruin this country!
Because they could not get their own way then have a huff? typical of the LIB dems.. the party who want to properly ruin this country! southwellman
  • Score: 1

9:16am Fri 25 Jul 14

JamesYoung says...

iansedwell wrote:
What does a Tory County Council care for workers, students, the elderly, the unemployed... the communities that depend on robust and reliable bus services?

What do they care if someone can't get to work, get to hospital, get to college, get to a job interview?

They care not at all.
http://www.craig-wil
liams.org.uk/campaig
ns/stop-labour-cutti
ng-your-bus-service

What does a Labour County Council care for workers, students, the elderly, the unemployed....
They care not at all.

Come on, Ian, you and i have agreed many times that they are all as bad as each other. I'm sure they love us bickering amongst ourselves rather than holding the bally lot of them accountable.
[quote][p][bold]iansedwell[/bold] wrote: What does a Tory County Council care for workers, students, the elderly, the unemployed... the communities that depend on robust and reliable bus services? What do they care if someone can't get to work, get to hospital, get to college, get to a job interview? They care not at all.[/p][/quote]http://www.craig-wil liams.org.uk/campaig ns/stop-labour-cutti ng-your-bus-service What does a Labour County Council care for workers, students, the elderly, the unemployed.... They care not at all. Come on, Ian, you and i have agreed many times that they are all as bad as each other. I'm sure they love us bickering amongst ourselves rather than holding the bally lot of them accountable. JamesYoung
  • Score: 0

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