YOUR VIEW: How will you be affected by the proposed bus cuts?

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Bus routes across the High Peak could be axed as Derbyshire County Council make cutbacks on services.

There are potentially 14 bus journeys in the borough under threat, routes which are subsidised by the council.

Keith Robertson

Keith Robertson

Ann Irvine, 63 from Disley, said: “This is really terrible news and if the services are pulled it will impact on a lot of people.

“The buses are a lifeline to so many people, particularly pensioners.

“Cutbacks have already been made across so many other areas. We need to protect vital services that stop people from being isolated, and we need to keep the free bus passes too.”

The county council is in its seventh year of austerity cuts from the government, so the money it receives is continuing to decrease.

Ann Irvine

Ann Irvine

Since 2010 there has already been £170m worth of cuts to services county-wide as the council tries to balance its books, and over the next two years it wants to save another £70m.

Scott Osbaldiscon, 19, from Chapel-en-le-Frith, said: “I use the bus Monday to Friday to get to work.

“Without the bus I would have to walk about 40 minutes to get to the station in Chapel, then get the train, then walk up from the station in Buxton, and that will make the day really long.

“The council needs to realise that getting rid of the buses will impact on people’s jobs too. If the bus service does go, I’d have to look at getting a car or a bike.”

Scott Osbaldiscon

Scott Osbaldiscon

Not all routes would be affected, just the journeys which are part-paid for by the council and which they believe are not commercially viable.

Gillian Millner, 51, from Harpur Hill, said: “The buses need improving, not cutting.

“People who live in Harpur Hill are not allowed out after 6.30pm in the evening as it is because there is no bus service, so to cut it again would be ridiculous.

“There are lots of old folk who use the buses and not everyone can afford taxis, so this is the wrong thing to do.

Gillian Millner

Gillian Millner

“Services need to be improved on the local routes and maybe reducing some of the more frequent buses would mean we can keep the other buses for longer.”

If the cutbacks are made, it would affect residents in Buxton, New Mills, Whaley Bridge, Chinley, Macclesfield and Ashbourne. A full list is available on the Advertiser website.

Rebecca Doherty, 19, from Chapel, said: “I need the buses to get to work and I use them at weekends to see friends and family. With no bus service I would have to try and find another job because there would be no way I could get here for the right times.”

To replace the regular and scheduled service, the council would put on Demand Responsive Transport which would be limited to ten wheelchair-friendly minibuses to serve the whole county.

Disabled resident Keith Robertson, 52, from Earl Sterndale, said: “The buses allow me to get out as and when I want, losing them would a threat to my mobility and independence.”

Jeanette Short, 67, from Sheffield, regular uses the buses to get into High Peak. She said: “Buses are a valuable service and should be treated and respected as such.”

Rebecca Doherty

Rebecca Doherty

The consultation runs until April 24 at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/council/have_your_say.the

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Jeanette Short

Jeanette Short