RESIDENTS have been commenting on the new Local Transport for Hedon proposal put out for consultation by Hedon Town Council. The proposed ‘hail and ride’ service between Hedon town centre and the outlying estates would aim to help alleviate the town’s chronic traffic and parking problems.
The last Town Council meeting reported that lots of survey forms were being returned, by hand and e-mail to the Town Clerk. We’ve had 36 responses via the Blog and below are just a few snippets of those giving a flavour of some of the opinions expressed.
Some object to paying for the service out of the local precept (component part of council tax paid for Hedon services):
Mrs Stammers: “I think it’s a good idea for a local shuttle bus for residents but object to paying for it. I have a car and already pay car tax and council tax so why should I have to be taxed again on something I will never use!!”
Jason Dickinson: “55p per week adds up to £28.60 per annum which is in my opinion, excessive. Why not charge people to park in the town and use the money collected to fund the transport scheme. This will make people think twice about using their cars for short journeys which will in turn improve the traffic congestion whilst also keeping residents fitter by encouraging them to walk instead of using their cars, a real win win all round!”
Others like the idea:
Stacey comments: “I think this is a fantastic idea for those who live out of Hedon centre like Leaf Sail and don’t drive, it’s a long walk for children also on nursery and school run.”
Steve Gallant: “At 55p/wk per household, a householder would get value from the service with only a couple of rides/wk. If two or three people use it, a few times instead of getting the car out…. its great value.”
Would the proposal convince drivers to use the service rather than their own vehicles?
Chris: “This idea would not work. Lazy people would still rather drive and park inconsiderately anywhere they thought possible. Inmans school is a prime example, people that live on the estate still drive to school.”
Roy Dickson: “The bus service will not solve the problem car users will still use the car. Those without cars may use the bus but the main users will be the elderly. Many cars are from outside Hedon. The bus service will turn into a bottomless cash pit.”
Leigh: “A waste of time… You should be encouraging people to walk and be active!”
Andrew Batson says: “This would benefit people travelling in cars and on foot, speeding up the movement of cars through the village.”
Teresa: “Are you trying to put the local taxi firm out of business!?! Seriously, concentrate on sorting the parking issue’s not putting the working class out of business!”
John Brown: “….far more stringent policing of the existing facilities would be a help, surely if money can be found to pay for bus drivers and fuel it would be a cheaper option to employ a full time traffic warden to maximise all available space.”
We have not covered the full comments of all those above but instead have hinted at the variety of comments received so far.
Based on the 36 responses returned via the Blog, the running total so far is:
Q1. Do you think it is worth paying a small, additional amount on your council tax bill to help alleviate Hedon’s traffic/parking problems and to provide a local transport service?
Yes – 13
No – 23
Q2. Would you use such a service?
Yes – 13
No – 23
Note: Whilst giving the impression that all those who said ‘Yes’ to the first question also said ‘Yes’ to the second, this wasn’t actually the case with some respondents saying they would pay, but wouldn’t use, and with others saying the opposite. The tally of responses just happen to balance out!
It will be extremely interesting to see the full analysed findings from Hedon Town Council.