School buses ‘could be used by vil­lagers’

Bid to let pub­lic on pupil trans­port

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jack Abell and Lor­can Lovett jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

CALLS have been made to al­low the pub­lic to use school buses to ease a vil­lage’s trans­port prob­lems.

An in­quiry has been held into pub­lic trans­port pro­vi­sion in Bucks, and on Thurs­day and Fri­day last week more than 30 con­trib­u­tors gave their views on the is­sue to the county coun­cil.

The in­quiry was part of a ma­jor re­view be­ing held into the pub­lic trans­port sys­tem in Bucks, with a county coun­cil se­lect com­mit­tee hop­ing to get peo­ple’s views on how the sys­tem should work un­til 2020 and be­yond.

Peo­ple liv­ing in Chal­font St Giles have called for im­prove­ments to the vil­lage’s bus ser­vice, to make it eas­ier for peo­ple with­out ac­cess to cars to get around.

Karo­line Lamb, of Bot­trells Lane, has cam­paigned for a di­rect bus ser­vice from Chal­font St Giles and Chal­font St Peter to High Wy­combe.

“The idea of let­ting the gen­eral pub­lic use school buses would help a lot,” she said.

“We are be­ing treated as if we are a ru­ral area. I think that is where their think­ing in Bucks is wrong.

“We are not in the darks of nowhere – we’re about five min­utes away from ma­jor bus ser­vices.”

The county coun­cil in­quiry is aim­ing to en­able the coun­cil to match its fu­ture sup­port for pub­lic trans­port more ef­fi­ciently and ef­fec­tively, and it is hoped it will be tai­lored more to the needs of com­mu­ni­ties.

Se­lect com­mit­tee chair­man War­ren Whyte said: “The ev­i­dence given over these two days will help us to un­der­stand what’s there at the mo­ment, how peo­ple’s needs are be­ing met, and how those needs are chang­ing and how they are likely to change over the next five years and longer.

“It’s emerg­ing from the ev­i­dence that Buck­ing­hamshire has a com­plex mix­ture of pub­lic trans­port, much more than we ap­pre­ci­ated.”

He ad­mit­ted that gaps need to be filled in the pub­lic trans­port pro­vi­sion, es­pe­cially for younger and older peo­ple, and those with mo­bil­ity is­sues.

The se­lect com­mit­tee will ex­am­ine the two days of ev­i­dence dur­ing the com­ing weeks to de­cide where more in­for­ma­tion is needed. A GROUP of sib­lings along with their friends are set to take on an epic chal­lenge to raise funds for char­ity.

Hermione Law­son, 28, of Dukes Wood, Ger­rards Cross, along with her two older broth­ers James Heath and Wil­liam Heath, her sis­ter Ge­orgina Heath and three friends, will be at­tempt­ing the Three Peaks Chal­lenge at the end of Au­gust.

Their feat will in­volve scal­ing the three high­est moun­tains in the UK – Ben Ne­vis, Scafell Pike and Snow­don – in 24 hours.

They will be rais­ing money for It Takes Seven cam­paign, which aims to raise aware­ness of the dan­gers of skin can­cer.

Hermione suf­fered from the ill­ness while at univer­sity, and now woks for the Bri­tish Skin Foun­da­tion, and it was this that in­spired her to take on the chal­lenge.

“We’ve been try­ing to get into train­ing by walk­ing the hills in Bucks but they aren’t re­ally steep enough, so we’ve been to Wales as well to prac­tise,” she said.

“I’m re­ally ex­cited for it, but a bit ner­vous as well.

“It’s been made eas­ier by the fact that my fam­ily and friends are do­ing it as well. It’s been re­ally en­joy­able so far.”

The team hopes to raise at least £5,000 for the char­ity, and will be tak­ing on the chal­lenge dur­ing the last week­end of Au­gust.

If you would like to spon­sor them, go to www.it­takes­seven.org. uk/team/pro­file/ three-peaks-chal­lenge.

Con­trib­uted

PEAKS CHAL­LENGERS: Hermione Law­son with sis­ter Ge­orgina Heath and team mem­ber Kim­berly Carter

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