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Major Consultation Launched By Hampshire County Council

Residents in Hampshire are being asked to have their say on a number of issues.

The County Council's asking us to give feedback on things like public transport subsidies and street lighting hours.

It follows the Shaping Hampshire: Balancing the Budget  public consultation in 2017.

The County Council is seeking to save £700,000 by making changes to financial support for public transport services.

We're told feedback from passengers will be carefully looked at, alongside data on passenger journeys and the cost of providing individual routes or services to inform final recommendations for consideration in the Autumn.

Councillor Rob Humby, Executive Member for Environment and Transport at Hampshire County Council said:

“We’ve had to look hard at all services the County Council provides to close the funding shortfall brought about by reduced funding for council services and rising demand for social care for both adults and children.

“We are, therefore, having to consider how we reduce the subsidies we provide to support those bus services which are not commercially viable to contribute to these savings. Our priority is to direct resources to where they are most needed, and I’m pleased to say that the County Council’s Cabinet agreed earlier this year to protect the community transport service which provides vital support for elderly and disabled residents in particular.

“For some time, I’ve been working with Hampshire’s bus operators to discuss how, between us,  we can reduce the impact of our budget pressures on supporting bus travel. Bus use in Hampshire is close to a 20 year high, and the vast majority of journeys are made on commercial services operating without any public subsidy at all. However, even though 89% of bus services in Hampshire run without public subsidy, the pressure on the County Council’s revenue budget means we can no longer afford the level of subsidies we have provided in the past.”

Officials are also asking residents their views on proposals to switch off some street lights for two or more hours during the night. This would mean that some areas of the county would have no street lighting for a period of the night time.

For more information on the consultation click here.

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