YEOVIL's Liberal Democrat county councillors have formally written to Somerset County Council to request that they think again over their proposed bus service cuts. 

Enclosed with the joint letter were 286 signatures from collective local petitions expressing extreme concern that Somerset County Council has chosen to include the number 11 bus service in the consultation process on the proposed Bus Service reductions.

Last week councillors joined local residents at a bus shelter along Larkhill Road, Yeovil, to call on Somerset County Council to keep the threatened South West Coaches’ Number 11 bus service, labeling it as ‘short-sighted’ and with the potential to cause a significant impact to residents in Brympton and other areas.

Leader of the Liberal Democrat Opposition Group, Cllr Sam Crabb, who represents residents in the Brympton Division said: “This petition shows the strength of local feeling against proposed Conservative county council bus cuts. 

"The council now needs to listen to the hundreds of residents who have said during this consultation that these cuts are a mistake.

“We question the availability of alternative services for many bus users and local residents which connect the key locations which the number 11 route services. 

“Additionally, local constituents in our divisions have highlighted to us their frustration with the county council for once again rolling out a public consultation of this nature during the holiday period. 

"Conducting public consultations at this time of year does not ensure a fair and full response for many residents who will be affected by the proposed Bus Service reductions.”