Public transport is under the spotlight with the news Kent County Council are again seeking views, via a public consultation, on rural bus services.
While the Triangle route between Whitstable, Canterbury and Herne Bay serves many people well, those living in the rural areas and those using quieter routes can find the bus service does not meet their needs.
It is absolutely essential that everyone who relies on less regular bus routes makes their opinions clear by taking part in the consultation.
Please let the decision-makers at KCC know what you think about your local bus routes, so that those routes are given the best possible financial support. If you don’t take part, your voice won’t be heard!
As someone who gets to walk the streets of some of the more outlying villages with my political hat on, knocking doors and dropping leaflets from time to time, it’s apparent that we are in danger of those areas becoming too detached from the urban areas due to lack of public transport.
We need to work on reversing the trend we’ve seen in recent years of fewer buses and connections.
We all want less pollution, less congestion and less reliance on cars. Proper bus services can make a huge difference and also help people living in the great villages across our district to have all the access to the services they want and deserve.
As a Conservative activist and councillor for the city council, I’m proud that we have been asking residents for their views on public transport.
Decisions need to be made based on what people want, and need. All of the comments my colleagues have already received are being fed in, but more is needed. This is why it is crucial for people to make their views clear.
There will be a public meeting at the University of between 7pm and 9pm on Tuesday, July 10.
If you can’t make any of these sessions, please let your county and city councillors know your thoughts so they can feed your views into the decision-making process.
While it’s a KCC decision, I know many residents have close relationships with their city councillors and would be confident they’d lobby on their behalf.
Neil Baker is a Conservative councillor for Tankerton and chairman of Canterbury City Council’s community committee.