Trans­port spend­ing to be re­viewed

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

BUCKS County Coun­cil is set to launch a ma­jor re­view into its spend­ing on trans­port.

Ev­ery penny the county coun­cil spends on trans­port­ing peo­ple to work, school and to other ser­vices and ameni­ties in Bucks is set to go un­der the mi­cro­scope.

Coun­cil bosses cur­rently in­vest £24m in pro­vid­ing and sup­port­ing a range of trans­port ser­vices, which in­clude home to school trans­port, ser­vice for adult so­cial care, con­ces­sion­ary fares and non-com­mer­cial bus ser­vices that of­ten run in the evenings, week­ends or in ru­ral ar­eas.

The coun­cil says al­though it has made ‘sig­nif­i­cant’ sav­ings in re­cent years, it needs to save £2.3m in or­der to meet the its bud­get strat­egy.

Cab­i­net mem­ber for trans­porta­tion Mark Shaw said: “We will be look­ing at ev­ery­thing we do in this area, how we do it, how much it costs and whether we can do it dif­fer­ently.

“Un­for­tu­nately a do noth­ing ap­proach is not an op­tion. What we have to do is de­liver more ef­fi­cient trans­port ar­range­ments that best meet the needs of com­mu­ni­ties while do­ing it for less cost. We don’t know all the an­swers, so it’s vi­tal we work with com­mu­ni­ties so they can tell us what’s needed lo­cally and how we can de­sign new ap­proaches to­gether.

“We are there­fore plan­ning to work through our lo­cal area fo­rums to launch four sug­gested pi­lot ar­eas – Buck­ing­ham, Waddesdon, Che­sham and their sur­round­ing ar­eas, and High Wy­combe – so we can look in de­tail at what goes on lo­cally and hope­fully find so­lu­tions that can also be ap­plied across the county.”

The coun­cil has also just launched a bud­get con­sul­ta­tion which asks lo­cal res­i­dents, com­mu­ni­ties and busi­nesses where they think the coun­cil should direct its lim­ited re­sources.

The sur­vey is on­line at bud­get un­til the clos­ing date of Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 17.

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