A representative came to the Parish Council meeting last night from Rutland County Council along with approximately twenty villagers.
The nub of the dilemma they are facing is, Centrebus have only given the statutory 56 days notice for withdrawing the 747 bus and Leicestershire County Council are seeking a disproportionate percentage split with Rutland at present for any possibility of financial support in order to keep it, although it is not known if that would be acceptable, when by far the greater part of the journey, right up to Belton borders is within Leicestershire and only three miles of it within Rutland.
So blackmail from two directions! RCC are seeking a solution and a meeting is taking place end this week to decide on the way forward.
Genuine users of the bus will have already responded to the RCC appeal for feedback – see the previous piece on the website news- and using that information, and we hope allowing for occasional use, RCC is among others things considering a dial-up service or something similar if the bus cannot be saved. They’re are invitations out to all transport providers, inviting them to tender for a service and an update will be published as soon as available.
There may be a period, however short, when no bus service is available so perhaps the many car users in the village will respond, particularly in emergency situations, to help other villagers or change their routine if possible to take a neighbour to town.
There is also Foxglove Travel within the village should anyone need a cab.