Your views are sought on possible axing of rural bus service

YOU can have your say about the proposed axing of the local authority-funded Moorlands Connect bus service.

Staffordshire County Council is inviting the views from members of the public on how its bus subsidies budget is spent.

Moorlands Connect is one of several options being considered for the axe and is now the subject of an eight-week public consultation.

Cheadle county councillor Mark Deaville, cabinet member for transport, said: “In cases where we subsidise bus trips, some people might be surprised to learn it can be as much as £10 per journey.

We have to balance how much taxpayers money we can afford to spend on subsidising travel against the need to protect the funding of statutory services such as the record £300million we are spending on care this year.

We have reviewed how much we can afford and are asking people how the £1.3million can be best spent.”

Moorlands Connect serves the outlying villages in the Moorlands where it is helpful to those people who do not have their own means of transport.

The public consultation will close on September 17 and the final option will be agreed by the county council cabinet in the autumn and changes implemented next April.

Have your say at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/busreview