COUNCILLOR Simon Tagg states that the new 841 bus service represents a “significant improvement”. (Fears for future of rural buses, Newsletter April 10).
The most charitable explanation for this is that he has not seen the new route and timetable due to start at the end of April.
The most likely explanation is that he has tried to fob off travellers in Colwich and the Haywoods with a gross and patronising misrepresentation of the facts. Councillor Tag will have to grow considerably taller before he is big enough to pat us on the head and tell us to run along.
If Councillor Tagg cares to study the proposals, which were not available to our parish councillors before last week and are presented completely without consultation, he will see:
1) The time allowed between Hixon and Great Haywood is six minutes only;
2) There is to be only one bus stop in Great Haywood, at Abbeyfields in Mill Lane;
3) The new route merely clips the northern edge of Great Haywood before turning for Ingestre and Tixall or in the other direction for Hixon.
4) That most of Great Haywood and all of the present route through Colwich and Little Haywood is cut out.
Did Councillor Tagg think that we would not notice that we will now have to trudge uphill from Mill Lane to most parts of Great Haywood?
Perhaps he and the local government minister Eric Pickles would care to demonstrate how easy this is in bad weather, carrying shopping.We could do with a laugh.