FLINTSHIRE Council wants to hear from bus users, residents and communities as part of its review of subsidised bus services.
Earlier this month residents in Buckley vowed to save a threatened bus service after a town councillor criticised the council for starting a consultation process without making relevant documents available.
The initial consultation period began at the end of July and was set to run until mid-September but Flintshire Council has revised the timescale for consultation with the process now running until October 11.
Flintshire Council faces cuts of £224,000 on its subsidised bus routes.
Buckley and Flintshire councillor Mike Peers welcomed the council’s decision to reconsider the consultation’s end date having requested the change.
He said: “For the council to say the initial start date was July 29 and not have made the documents available was ridiculous.
“I’m pleased Flintshire Council has taken note of what I had said.”
Flintshire Council has appointed an external rural transport project officer to spearhead the county-wide review.
It could result in individual bus services currently subsidised by Flintshire Council running under alternative timetables or being cut altogether.
Part of the consultation will see drop-in bus surgeries set up in towns enabling people to go and have their say during September.
Alyn and Deeside AM Carl Sargeant wants as many people as possible to respond to the online survey set up on Flintshire Council's website.
He said: “Flintshire’s bus services provide a vital transport link for hundreds of people and it is important that as many as possible have their say.”
Flintshire councillor Ron Hampson has blamed the need for a review on cuts made by the UK Government and handed down to the Welsh Assembly which have in turn filtered through to unitary councils across the country.
He said: “Now people using services such as subsidised bus routes could suffer.
“The bus services provide a vital link to town centres, health facilities and train stations for people who can't otherwise get out and about or would have to seek more costly alternatives.
“I would urge as many people as possible to put their views forward to Flintshire Council,” he added.
All consultation responses will be collated into a report for the council’s cabinet to consider at its meeting in December.
The council’s preferred method of seeking views is via an electronic questionnaire available on the Flintshire Council website at www.flintshire.gov.uk along with further information.