School buses ‘could be used by villagers’
Bid to let public on pupil transport
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.
PEAKS CHALLENGERS: Hermione Lawson with sister Georgina Heath and team member Kimberly Carter