Tell Oxfordshire County Council about your local bus routes

April 11th, 2012 by J-P Leave a reply »

Oxfordshire County Council are running a consultation about bus routes in the Chipping Norton, Charlbury and Witney area. You should respond if you possibly can, and if you do it online it will only take a few minutes (see below for details.) It’s important that your voice is heard, because even when councils aren’t trying to save money as they are at the moment, then “consultation” can often mean “doing the groundwork for an argument to cut services.”

The services affected include: 23A, 50, 50/S3, 233, 243, 811, C1/T1, X8, and X9. Towns and villages affected by any changes to these services would include: Chipping Norton, Steeple Aston, Shipston-on-Stour, Woodstock, Enstone, Yarnton, Burford, Milton-, Ascott- and Shipton-under-Wychwood, Crawley, Finstock, Ramsden, Stonesfield, Kingham, Hailey and of course Witney. So a lot of you reading this will probably want to respond! (A full list of services and villages under review is available here.)

According to the council website, there are a few ways of responding to the consultation:

If you want to complete the online version of the questionnaire, you do have to register for an account on the county council website: registering is never fun, but I did so myself and it was pretty straightforward; got an confirmation email within a minute or two. Depending on the amount of detail you want to leave, the online questionnaire takes between one and maybe ten minutes.

There’s plenty of time to complete the survey – it closes on June 8th – but it would be great if lots of people did so, so please tell your friends. Filling out forms and telling councils what use you make of local services (and how they could be better) can be a chore at times; but if it gets us an improved bus service, or even simply preserves the services we currently have, then such a chore might be worth while.

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