Piddle Valley public bus service working group

The Piddle Valley Parish Council have set up a working group to research options available to us to maintain a public bus service in the Piddle Valley.

At the request of residents from Whitemans Orchard a meeting was held on the 15th December 2017 with our County Councillor, Jill Haynes. NORDCAT, Magna Housing, Piddle Valley Parish Council, and Tim Christian(community bus-Blandford) attended.

As a result of this meeting the Working Group sent out leaflets to all households in the Piddle Valley in the first week of January. 700 leaflets were distributed. It was included in your copy of the News and Views. The leaflet asked what requirements you had for a bus service in the Piddle Valley.

Sadly, only 6 replies have been received.

The leaflet also included details of NORDCAT who are willing to provide a bus service to Dorchester and Sturminster Newton. NORDCAT also accept free Bus Passes.

Again, sadly, as we understand it, so far, they have only received one request for a bus Service.

Please, if you need a bus to get to Dorchester, you must return the form to a member of the Parish Council. Unless there is an identified need for a bus, we cannot take this project forward. The Dorset County Council subsidised Wednesday bus also needs to be supported if it is to continue.

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