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Bridgnorth & Highley Labour Party are hosting a free, informal event to help shape local politics for young people at Low Town Community Hall in Bridgnorth on the morning of Saturday 7th April.

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You don’t need to be a Labour Party Member, just aged between 14 and 26 years old and bring your own ideas and share them with us! What do you think needs doing for you and your community? What would you like the local Labour Party to do for you?

Make sure your voice gets heard and come along for 30 mins to 1 hour or more. Listen to speakers; participate in debate. Share your thoughts in an informal workshop, with snacks and refreshments between 9.30am and 11am.

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Youth Summit in Bridgnorth

Bridgnorth & Highley Labour Party are hosting a free, informal event to help shape local politics for young people at Low Town Community Hall in Bridgnorth on the morning of...

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Labour Live is coming to White Hart Lane Rec this summer! On Saturday 16 June we’re hosting a brand new one-day festival of music, art and politics that brings together our incredible movement.

What you can look forward to: loads of great bands, speakers from across literature and politics, campaign training, food and drink, kids' entertainment – and hopefully a bit of sunshine too.

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The Department of Transport is considering Government reforms to community transport, including fixed-route buses, mobility scooters, door-to-door transport, lift-giving by volunteer car drivers, Dial-a-Ride and Dial-a-Bus. The independent Community Transport Association calls many of the Government’s proposals “unclear and unworkable”, while Labour and Co-Op MP Mark Wilkes has asked, “has the Government sided with the bus barons?”

Many of us in rural areas were cut off by the recent snowfall. But Shropshire faces £5 million in cuts to Highway maintenance and £556, 000 from the home-to-school budget. All 8 Labour Councillors voted against these cuts. Here, Michelle Wilkes, from Ditton Priors, describes the impact of the loss of transport on her community:

michelle-transport_500.jpgI live in Ditton Priors. We have one small local store, a pub and doctors’ surgery. Until 2013, we could travel to the market towns of Ludlow or Bridgnorth for employment, education, shopping, health appointments, opticians, leisure and further transport links. A bus service, Monday to Saturday, ran several times a day. In 2013 this was axed.

The elderly, young people and those on low wages have been worst hit. As a non- driver, I relied on bus travel to maintain employment. But without a car, I can’t access employment, training or the job centre. My daughter could not attend after-school clubs, GCSE revision sessions, or take part in her Duke of Edinburgh award.

Young people in our area must now attend a 'designated sixth form'. With no independent means of travelling to any other college or apprenticeship, choice and opportunity for young people have gone.

School holidays are spent at home. My children can’t meet friends or use the library, leisure centre and cinema. I worry about their socialising and safe mental health as their only means of maintaining friendships is through social media.

When axing the bus in our village, we were promised a 'safety net service' by Shropshire Council, for essential travel, like hospital appointments.

In November 2015, I could not attend my screening test for cancer as there was no available community transport in either Bridgnorth or Broseley. The 'safety net service' does not work and is too costly to the service user. In December, I had three hospital appointments... using community cars this would have cost £70.00. Pensioners are not exempt from such charges. There are no concessions, no bus pass.

I’ve written to Shropshire Council and MP Phillip Dunne, highlighting the impact of transport cuts, but to no avail.

An elderly man in our locality used the bus service to get a hot meal in Bridgnorth, everyday. He did not cook at home and survived his last days eating baby food, before dying alone. He lived some distance from the doctors’ surgery and I imagine could not pay for a community car to visit his GP.

There clearly is a 'gap in provision' for rural lives. Without access to a car we are trapped in the village, living restricted, lonely lives.
By Michelle Wilkes

 

Lack of transport is ruining rural lives

The Department of Transport is considering Government reforms to community transport, including fixed-route buses, mobility scooters, door-to-door transport, lift-giving by volunteer car drivers, Dial-a-Ride and Dial-a-Bus. The independent Community Transport...

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