New bus services could be running in Peterborough as early as October, following a successful budget amendment moved by Lib Dem Councillors on Peterborough City Council, at the latest budget meeting of Full Council.
A cross party working group is to be set up to look at areas of the city which don’t have adequate bus services, following a cut in bus subsidy by over 50% by the Tory administration two years ago.
If the working group’s recommendations are agreed, up to £75,000 could be allocated from council contingency reserves to pay for the new services.
Also in the budget, Lib Dem intervention helped to stop a barmy proposal by the Tories to remove over a fifth of all the shrubs and hedgerows in the city. An alternative package of savings by the Council’s Amey contractor has been agreed which includes more targeted shrub management to prioritise public safety and reduced grass cutting.
After the meeting, Lib Dem group leader, Cllr Nick Sandford, commented:
“This year, as the Tories had no majority, they were forced to work with opposition parties in drawing up the budget.
“Lib Dems were the only opposition group to put forward positive suggestions as part of this process and we are pleased that some of them were eventually adopted.
“When no party has control of the Council, people expect councillors to work together and when we are faced with having to save over £25 million, that is even more essential.
“This is still very much a Tory budget and we don’t agree with all of it but we have influenced it in several important ways.”