Bit of history - the community - way back fought and got a route to the valley, over the years, we've fought off the closure of it several times. There have been all sort of reasons given for it's intended demise, usually the money one, but other things too, like length of buses on sharp corners etc. which was funny, because the miute they had to replace all buses not fit for the discabled, the longer buses were used. I've been told this morning that there are even longer buses now (two years on), someone else told me that if anyone parks illegally at the bottom of Minety Road the bus can't get around and now I've been told that the bollards, placed along on the pavement, means the drivers can't swing the bus round by overlapping the pavement. Seems to me these are problems that can be overcome if the will is there.
When Northern Development was built, ASDA paid for a free bus several times a week to get shoppers there, I think that was negotiated to sweeten the planning application. The minute they didn't have to pay for it or subsidise it, it was stopped. I can't remember if that went to the valley or not, probably not.
They simply will not discuss any other idea, and of course we have had the idea of combining it with an ASDA trip, which could also take in the smaller shopping centre at Abbey Meads and the dentists and the other part of our Doctors surgery. Service along the Thamsdown Drive can't pick up or drop off passengers, so it's pretty pointless unless it dips down into the housing.
It was supposed to serve the Academy too, and it's our only bus that stops anywhere a supermarket - Tesco's at Ocotal Way. We can get into discussion about healthy eating too if we need to - access to fresh food etc.