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   Subsidised bus service review    February 5, 2018

There was much publicity about the possible KCC cuts to some of the subsidised bus services including the 150 Maidstone/Walderslade route but the parish council is happy to notify everyone that the following e-mail has been received from KCC.

“Thank you for your e-mail regarding the provision of subsidised bus services in your area. The “Downs Mail” article was no doubt correct at the time of print.

I am pleased to say that we have now received a favourable provisional local government settlement for 2018/19 and this has enabled the County Council to propose deferring the consultation and to substantially reduce the savings proposed on subsidised bus travel from £2.25 million to £0.45 million.

We also believe there are smarter, more responsive ways to deliver these services and we intend to arrange a whole series of conversations with parish councils and communities on how this can be delivered. The proposed budget sees an additional capital investment of £500,000 to achieve these ambitions.

I hope this information is useful and alleviates concerns at this time”.

The parish council will continue to keep you updated as things develop.

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