Community bus service to be scrapped

Connect 5 / Community bus link / Dial-a-ride get a new mini bus, and get funding to refurbish the existing one.'L to R) Michelle Rayner, Pat Wallace, Paul Thorpe, Colin Poole, Cliff Baker, Ward Richards, Peter Taberner, Brian Saxton.'h5279c121
Connect 5 / Community bus link / Dial-a-ride get a new mini bus, and get funding to refurbish the existing one.'L to R) Michelle Rayner, Pat Wallace, Paul Thorpe, Colin Poole, Cliff Baker, Ward Richards, Peter Taberner, Brian Saxton.'h5279c121
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A community bus service in the south east is to be scrapped at the end of the month due to lack of funding.

The Connect5 charity bus, which gives people in Havercroft, Ryhill, South Hiendley, Kinsley, Fitzwilliam and Hemsworth a door-to-door bus service, will cease trading on April 30.

The bus gives residents easy access to doctors and supermarkets as well as group trips out.

Cliff Baker, trustee, said: “It is a shame that this valuable service will be lost and I’m sure it will leave a number of people disappointed.

“We have received yearly grants from South Hiendley, Havercroft and Ryhill parish councils as well as Hemsworth Town Council but we have faced reductions in funding from other sources. It has now reached the point where the business is unable to continue.”

The bus was launched in 2011 and has several hundred regular users. It is used by community groups, local football teams and centres.

Mr Baker added: “It’s a service which a lot of people have made use of. We’d like to thank all our users for supporting the service and our staff for their dedication and commitment over the years.”