Updates

June 2016 update

Further to a residence meeting April 2016, there has been correspondence between the residence committee and Compass Buses May/June 2016. Please click here to view 

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Petition presented to the Policy and Resources Committee 4th Feb 2016

The petition was presented to the Policy and Resources Committee yesterday. We collected an amazing 1,010 signatures in total in less than six weeks, so thank you all for your support! Mitch gave a three minute speech along with the petition.  Nothing was discussed and no decisions made at the committee but we will let you know what the next steps will be to carry on the campaign.

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Meadowview Bus meeting Monday 19 October 2015 @ Meadowview Community Centre

Chair's introduction - Stephanie Hedger

The purpose of the meeting is to clarify the situation about the service and resolving the conflicting information that was provided to CAG from Compass and Brighton & Hove City Council and passed on to the residents of Meadowview and the Coombe Road Area LAT during the summer.

On the panel - Andrew Boag (Chair, Brighton Area Buswatch), Chris Chatfield (MD Compass Travel), Richard Johnson (BHCC Transport Planning), Amelia Mills (CRALAT), Cllr Dan Yates

The meeting was well attended and the tone of the Q&A session was lively and civil.

Chris Chatfield:

He was apologetic about the confusion felt by our community. Compass is a small company; has introduced key cards to improve revenue. It will guarantee minimum service until September 2016. He will consider our suggestions.

BHCC (Richard Johnson)

Understands the confusion. BHCC needs to review eve/Sun subsidy, extra funding needed to add  to Council subsidy shortfall, 75' secured until April 2016.

Andrew Boag: he aims to represent all bus users in the city.

There was a general feeling of frustration with Brighton & Hove Buses that they had passed the responsibility to Compass to resolve the issues and that they had not sent a representative to the meeting.

Summary of the points raised by residents

*we want our own bus that goes up and down the hill regularly - introduce a shuttle to loop around the Vogue giratory

*when Meadowiew was built

*people do not stop living after 7pm/Saturday/Sunday

*consider needs of working people, less mobile people/those with caring responsibilities/shoppers

*the 37/37b bus route is always full - long waits/long journeys/trying to cover too wide an area: who wants to go to Bristol Estate from here?

*revise and improve Compass' system of complaints (telephone/written) and resolve company discrepancy

* RTD (Real Time Display) indicators need to be working

*responsibilit(ies) need to be met

The meeting asked for the fundamental issues to be resolved by all parties involved - Council officers, Councillors representing our ward, Compass Bus company - which are:

*funding by BHCC/licence beyond April 2016

*communicate clearly with our community

*consider approaching the Universities for subsidies

 

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E-mail correspondence between Meadowview & Tenantry Community Action Group and Compass Travel 20th Oct 2015

E-mail from Meadowview & Tenantry Community Action Group -

Dear all

Thank you for coming along to last night's meeting and responding to the variety of comments and questions.

As you will have been aware feelings are running very high over this issue and, as always, we are looking for solutions. I would like to emphasise again that we - the local community groups - are keen to work with you to this end and stress the importance of consulting with bus-users before any decisions are made.

Please do keep us informed of any developments.

Kind regards,

Stephanie Hedger,
Chair, Meadowview & Tenantry Community Action Group

Reply from Compass Travel - 

Thanks Stephanie. We are certainly keen to continue to work with you and will keep you informed of developments. We've just had a meeting here to discuss the 37 issues and will be investigating the fully the concerns about drivers not collecting fares and revenue irregularities. We are also looking into the possible option of the additional daytime shuttle journey just to Sainsbury's Lewes Road, as we discussed.

Regards
Chris

Chris Chatfield
Managing Director
Compass Travel (Sussex) Limited
Faraday Close
Worthing
West Sussex BN13 3RB

Tel: 01903 690025

 

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On the 9th of June 2015, representatives from Tenantry CAG, the Jewish Cemetery on Meadowview and local resident attended a P&R Committee at Brighthelm Community Centre, and were given 5 minutes to speak about a submitted deputation regarding the campaign.

Please Click Here to see the full copy of the deputation

The committee members were sympathetic and Gil Mitchell, Councillor with responsibility for transport said that she was committed to trying to find a way of continuing the evening service to our area. Bellow is an outline of what was said at the meeting:

The committee agreed a report that said the funding would end in December but we spoke to Emma Sheridan, Principle Transport planner at the council who said that the transport department recognises the importance of the service and are trying to find funding to continue the 37 service - at the very least until to the next budget in March.  It was interesting that it has come to light that two other services which have stopped being funded by the council have been taken on as commercial service by B&H buses.

The strategy we agreed when we all met earlier in the year was the following:

Lobby the council to emphasise the importance of the service - aim: to continue evening service and return to regular service (at least twice an hour up and down Coombe Road to Meadowview)

Work with compass travel to improve the current service

Lobby Brighton and Hove bus service to find a route to Meadowview which is commercially viable.

We presented the deputation. Councillor Dan Yates spoke about his letter and the petition - the council heard the level of concern to our area.

The meeting on Oct 19th 2015 will continue the dialogue between all relevent parties regarding the campaign.