A petition set up to save Kent’s Buses after funding cuts by Kent County Council has reached 15,000 signatures.
The petition set up by Gabriel Shepard aims publicise the issue where a lack of funding for the council has meant that 78 routes would lose their funding, despite the councillors voting for a 15% pay rise for themselves just a few months earlier when an independent panel recommended a rise of just 1.5%.
Bus users at Canterbury Bus Garage expressed their anger at the cuts.
“It’s a disgrace. How am I meant to get around?” said one bus user.
“I’ve got no car. I need the buses!” said another passenger.
The petition has reached the 10,000 signatures it needs to get a response from the government but it got a response from First Secretary of State Damien Green at Prime Ministers Questions, when, asked by Rosie Duffield Mr Green dodged the question by saying “All local authorities as part of the public sector have to live within their means because we have to continue paying down the deficit that was run up by the last Labour government.”
When contacted, ‘Kent County Council said “KCC is aware of the petition and when it is closed and submitted to the council for review, it will be considered and processed in line with KCC’s petition scheme.”