ANDY Canning, together with other Liberal Democrat county councillors, handed in a petition against bus cuts at County Hall last week.
Signed by 4,500 people, it read: “I/We, the undersigned, view with dismay the decision by Dorset County Council to cut the number of supported bus services from 35 to just seven and call for their funding to be reinstated.”
Councillor Canning, who serves Dorchester at town, district and county level, said: “I have never known a local petition gain so many signatures.
“The public are rightly concerned about rural isolation. How will people without a private car get their shopping done or visit medical or care facilities? I have received hundreds of letters from people who are dreading these cuts.”
As plans stand at the moment three-quarters of supported bus routes will simply cease on July 22nd.
“There is now new leadership at County Hall after Lib Dem campaigner Jon Andrews defeated the previous leader of the county council, Robert Gould,” added Cllr Canning.
“So I am calling on the new leader, Rebecca Knox, to have a look at this again before it is too late.”
Cllr Canning is also standing for parliament in the forthcoming general election in the West Dorset constituency.
The bus services that will come to an end in West Dorset on July 22nd include: 1 and 2 – Dorchester town services; 44 – West Bay to Bridport; 71 – Lyme Regis town service; 73 – Powerstock to Bridport; 74 – Sherborne to Yetminster to Yeovil; 210 – Litton Cheney to Bridport; 211 – Poundbury to Weymouth; 212 – Dorchester to Yeovil; 307 – Stalbridge to Dorchester; 311 – Blandford to Dorchester.