Sunday, 29 November 2015
Friday, 20 November 2015
I gave my speech to Essex County Council Cabinet regarding the withdrawal of the subsidy paid to Transport for London for the 20 and 167 bus routes. LRA County Councillor for Loughton Central Chris Pond was there and questioned the cabinet member, Roger Hirst, about this asking why there had been no consultation, pointing out how used both services were, and seeking the same reassurances regarding fares, level of service and special dispensations on the Oyster card that I asked for. The answer was that the subsidy was an anomaly and that similar bus services like the 20 and 167 in Essex were run commercially. Cllr Pond has called in the decision, and had a meeting with Cllr Hirst and officers. They have agreed to draw up a list of things they will require from TfL, and show it to him. If he deems it not in keeping with our requests he will carry on with the call in and it will go before Scrutiny at Essex. I would like to thank Chris Pond for his work on this.
I am here today to express my concern and worry over the proposed withdrawal of subsidy to TfL for 2 bus services that run through my town. I am led to believe, although it's not explicit in the agenda, the subsidy being considered for withdrawal concerns the numbers 20 and 167 bus services. The number 20 runs from Walthamstow to Debden and picks up many people from Buckhurst Hill including schoolchildren. Likewise the 167 that actually runs through my Ward, running from Ilford to Debden, is a vital lifeline to many people trying to get around you cannot use cars. Both bus services are useful if the central line is not working. The fear, of course, is that turning both bus services over totally to TfL that the services will become less frequent, prices will go up, and those receiving free Oyster Card transport , as a result of the subsidy, such as schoolchildren will have that taken away from them. Can the cabinet member confirm that we will get the same level of bus service, that fares will not go up as a result of subsidy being withdrawn, and that any current Oyster consessions for children and OAPS will be honoured? If he cannot confirm this and I strongly urge him to reconsider the proposal as this will have a very negative social impact on my area. If he is unclear on what TFL will do then again I ask that this be rejected and it is simply not good enough to pass the buck on this to TfL as you have responsibility to even residents on the edge of Essex
Thursday, 12 November 2015
It has come to my attention at rather the last minute that our beloved Essex County Council wishes to cut its funding for two bus services. These could include the 167 and 20 routes. Now both are the main bus services used in Buckhurst Hill, and would show how little we are thought of in this part of the world by Essex. This would be the result of cuts delivered by a Conservative Government and carried out by a Conservative County Council. I dearly hope we are not going to see this happen but I fear we will get an inferior service as has happened to a bus route in Waltham Abbey. This is going before Essex Cabinet, on 19th November.
Monday, 13 July 2015
Friday, 12 June 2015
Thursday, 30 April 2015
Monday, 13 April 2015
Saturday, 28 March 2015
Monday, 23 March 2015
Thursday, 19 March 2015
Just to let you know Hal Ulkun, in Buckhurst Hill West and Vijay Chavda, in Buckhurst Hill East, have resigned from Buckhurst Hill Parish Council. Any by elections will probably take place on 7th May 2015, General Election day!
Thursday, 12 March 2015
Are you worried about litter in Buckhurst Hill? After our successful pick on 22nd November 2014, there will be a Litter Pick on 21st March 2015 meeting at 10am, meeting at outside Buckhurst Hill Station. Do come and join us. I would like to thank Buckhurst Hill Parish Council for their equipment and support.
Tuesday, 10 March 2015
The next Local Community Meeting for Loughton, Debden, Buckhurst Hill and Chigwell is on 12th March, 7.30pm, at the Metropolitan Police Sports Club, High Road, Chigwell IG7 6BD . Please come along to discuss local issues and help set and agreeing local Policing priorities.
Monday, 9 March 2015
Please fill in this consultation. A number of residents want the 549 to increase in frequency. If wants better bus services tell Essex County Council Here is your chance to have your say: http://www.essexinsight.org.uk/GroupPage.aspx?GroupID=27
Friday, 30 January 2015
After consulting with residents in 2013 over the issue of parking on grass verges in Loughton Way. I gave various options such as putting wooden posts in, or creating parking bays or planting trees. There was a narrow lead for trees amongst residents so I asked for new trees to be put in on Loughton Way to restrict parking on grass verges, and to enhance the beauty of the area. This has worked but we now need to deal with people restricting the road when parking there.