The survey sought views on a proposal to run a small bus service around Hedon taking people into and out of the town centre. The service would aim to encourage local motorists to leave their cars at home and use the bus instead, in an effort to reduce parking problems in the town centre.
Two questions were asked in the survey, reproduced here with the results of the poll:
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?
Q2. Would you use such a service?
Councillor David Thompson reported that there had been 250 questionnaires returned which represented, by a quick estimation, opinion of about 8% of the households in Hedon.
As a supporter of the local transport proposal Cllr Thompson said: “The results are disappointing although perhaps predictable. People seem reluctant to get out of their cars. A lot of people were concerned about paying for a service they wouldn’t use. Personally I thought the proposal was constructive albeit radical.”
Councillor Di Storr praised those who had left comments both for and against the proposal saying that “Every single one of them has been read carefully.”
Councillor Neil Black who originally put forward the the local transport idea said despairingly: “On an 8% turnout we’re turning down a good idea – 92% didn’t vote! We can tinker with lines on the map and gain an additional parking space here and there, but this would have gone much further!“
The Local Transport working group set up to investigate the proposal will meet one more time to formally analyse the responses and comments received and would report back at a future meeting.
Chair of the F&GP Councillor Gordon Thurston moved a vote of thanks to the working group for its deliberations and especially gave thanks to all those residents that had responded.