Opposition to the proposed cuts to bus subsidies in Ryedale continues to gather pace with Malton Town Council now adding its voice to the growing chorus of disapproval.
The authority will send a “strongly worded” protest to North Yorkshire County Council over its plans which, if confirmed, would see the town buses in Pickering, Malton and Norton axed and a reduction in other services.
Mike Skehan, Malton’s town clerk, said: “The services in Malton and Norton are well used and it makes a nonsense to reduce the subsidy on it because it is a lifeline for many people, especially the elderly.”
“To consider reducing the subsidy, which will mean a cut in the services, at a time when Malton and Norton are to expand with some 1,500 new homes just does not make sense. It is a crazy proposal.”
The council, added Mr Skehan, was anxious to see “every possible effort made” to encourage people to use the bus services in the twin towns. “Without a good service people will either turn to using their cars to get into the town centres, or will just not go out at all.”
He also revealed that the council will ask Anne McIntosh, the MP for Thirsk, Malton and Filey, to add her weight to the opposition.