Parish Councillors have expressed their dismay at the withdrawal of all bus services in Bentley. We have registered our concerns about the consequences of this for students, commuters and the elderly who all rely on this service to get into Ipswich with our District Councillor Dave Busby at the last Parish Council meeting.  Michael Bamford has also written to the County Councillor for Highways, Mary Evans to express our disgust - see letter below

Dear Cllr Evans

I am writing on behalf of, and at the request of, Bentley Parish Council to record our dismay and concern at the planned complete withdrawal of all bus services to Bentley village.

We were on notice that the early service, 94A, was due to be withdrawn, and had registered our concern at the loss of this service, which is essential for workers and students, with Cllr Jones, and we were expecting a response. The prospective loss of all services came without warning.

We regard this total loss of service as running entirely counter to Suffolk’s stated green policy, to policy supporting independence and social support for elderly residents, and planning policy which demands easy access to services as a prerequisite for rural development, at a time when the Babergh local plan is proposing significant development in the village.  

We feel that with an imaginative approach – using smaller, more energy efficient and green (e.g. electric) transport, the services to rural village could be developed and made more cost efficient. In the meantime the abrupt cessation of service reflects very badly on the Councils spending priorities and regard for rural communities. We hope it will be reconsidered.

Yours sincerely

Dr Michael Bamford 

Chair, Bentley Parish Council

  

If you are concerned about the withdrawal of our buses you can email Mary Evans directly mary.evans@suffolk.gov.uk

THERE IS ALSO A PETITION THAT YOU CAN SIGN IN THE VILLAGE SHOP, PUB AND VILLAGE HALL.

There is a meeting on Friday 18th October in Hadleigh between 11am  and 1pm where you can meet County Councillors

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