Have your say on community transport service fees and charges
Have your say before 5pm on Friday 15th September 2017.Published: Monday, 31st July 2017
Braintree District Council is consulting on whether it should increase its fees and charges for its community transport service after external funding for the service fell by more than £15,000.
Cllr Peter Tattersley, Cabinet Member for Health & Communities, said: “Increasing fees and charges is always a hard decision but the cost of journeys will remain a lot cheaper than using conventional public transport. We’re talking about an extra 50p on a five mile journey.”
The Community Transport scheme in the Braintree District provides affordable transport for elderly people, those with restricted mobility, those with a disability who may struggle to use public transport and those who have need which is not met by existing transport services. The service provided 51,192 journeys in the Braintree District last year.
The Council receives an annual grant from Essex County Council to help with the cost of running the scheme used by more than 900 people in the district, but the grant has been reduced from £105,541 in 2016/17 to £90,332 for 2017/18, a reduction of £15,209 with a further reduction anticipated for 2018/19.
To help Braintree District Council maintain the service in light of this drop in funding, it is considering increasing fares and charges which have not previously risen for four years. Proposed increases fees vary from 0 per cent to 33 per cent. Currently the cost of a journey is about half the cost of using conventional transport services.
The Council is consulting directly with all customers but if you wish to comment you can do this in three ways:
- By writing to us at Community Transport, Causeway Hous, Braintree, Essex CM7 9HB
- By emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
- By calling us on 01376 557883
The consultation closes on 5pm on Friday 15th September 2017.