Friday, February 20, 2009
Last night, I was out with Harrowgate Hill Labour Councillor Mark Burton and our MP Alan Milburn, door knocking in the Mayfair Rd area about the good news regarding the bus service.
Mark and Alan have worked hard on this issue together with local residents. As I blogged on Tuesday, the Council has agreed to support the residents abandoned by Arriva by tendering for a supported bus service to the area. Although it will be a little time before the tenders are received from the bus companies, we're all hoping for a positive outcome.
Mark has worked hard to stay in touch with local residents, and put out a newsletter immediately before the Cabinet meeting on Monday. Feeding back is just as important too, and so we knocked on doors in the streets around Mayfair Road explaining what had happened, to local people. The importance of the public transport link was brought home to me when talking to a very elderly gentleman who had slipped and been badly bruised recently on the ice when negotiating the slope that leads up to North Road - previously he had had access to buses virtually on his doorstep.
We covered 5 streets, and residents across the affected area will be getting a letter from Alan on the subject. It was a very positive hour-and-a-half.