On Friday (26th September), Labour’s parliamentary candidate Sarah Owen and Cllr John Hodges travelled to Lewes to deliver a 7000-strong petition against East Sussex County Council’s proposed cuts to bus services.
Since July, Sarah Owen has organised 10 public meetings throughout Hastings and Rother. Church halls and community centres have been packed as
residents passionately express their views on how vital the affected bus services are to them. At every meeting attendees took armfuls of petition forms for their families, neighbours and work colleagues to sign.
Sarah Owen said:
“Although we launched the Don’t Stop our Bus campaign back in July, this has truly been a community effort. I was proud to hand in over 7,000 signatures and around 1200 extra comments that were gathered throughout the campaign as a result of hard work from members of the community and volunteers.
“People have been using petition forms from my website, handing out postcards, telling their friends, neighbours, customers, colleagues and congregations about the campaign – one wonderful woman, called Julie gave us around 1000 names that she herself had collected on the buses.
“I’d like to thank everyone involved in the campaign – from the people who have signed petitions and got involved, to the people who attended the 10 public meetings we have held, and the businesses, organisations and charities that have also backed the campaign.”
The seven Labour county councillors are all opposed to the cuts but the ultimate decision will be made by eight Conservative councillors on the council’s cabinet. County officers will now prepare a detailed report to be considered by the Cabinet on the 15th December.
You can keep up to date with developments on Sarah’s website – www.sarahowen.org.uk/BusCuts