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Bid To Support Buchan Dial-a-Bus Defeated

>> 29 February 2012

A bid to support Buchan Dial-a-Bus’s patient transport service and not cut its grant was defeated by seven votes to six at Thursday’s meeting of Aberdeenshire Council’s Policy & Resources Committee.

Speaking in support of Cllr Norman Smith’s motion not to cut Buchan DAB funding, Policy & Resources Committee member Cllr Stephen Smith (Peterhead South & Cruden) said:

“Buchan Dial-a-Bus provides lifeline services to people in Central Buchan and people here know how much the service is valued by the local communities.

“The cut being proposed is less than £8000 but threatens the patient transport service provided by Buchan DAB.   I was therefore fully supportive of the proposal at yesterday’s meeting from Cllr Norman Smith to maintain funding at the current level but this was unfortunately voted down by the Conservative and Lib Dem council administration.

“I think for that relatively small sum of money we stand to lose an awful lot in terms of the service which is now under threat.”

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