Transport spending to be reviewed
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 www.buckscc.gov.uk/ budget until the closing date of Thursday, December 17.