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September 2016

Campaigning for better public transport and safer streets in Epping Forest.
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Hi <<Comms name>>,

Last week’s organising meeting was well attended and very productive. We agreed three initial campaigning priorities:
  • The Save the 167 bus route campaign
  • Public transport and safer streets considerations on planning decisions
  • Safer routes for schools
There was a good mix of people there, including two parish and district councillors, representatives from residents’ associations and transport campaigners. Chris Hunn, who runs EOS London, was also there and provided useful information from a bus operator’s perspective.

We issued a press release after the meeting, which has been picked up by the Hertfordshire Mercury: Transport group sets priorities for campaigning in Epping Forest

Essex County Council cuts

You might have seen the news that Essex County Council, which has responsibility for our roads and public transport, is having its central government funding cut again.

There’ll be an 84% cut over the next four years – from £118 million to £18 million.

This will inevitably affect public transport and highways maintenance, while any cuts to social service provision are likely to increase reliance on them.

There’s more on the Epping Forest Guardian site: Huge cuts to council funding on the way

Epping Forest Local Plan

The Local Plan is being launched on 18th October, followed by a consultation period. The plan will be in place until 2033 so it’s vital that we highlight the importance of public transport and safer streets.

There’s more information on the website the District Council has set up: Planning Our Future

167 petition hand-in

On Friday 23rd September (tomorrow!) Heidi Chow is going to hand the Save the 167 petition into TfL, near Southwark Station in London. A few of us are going down to join her, hopefully with placards etc.

Can you get along? Meet in the first carriage of the 11.00 from Debden or at the Southwark Station ticket office at 12.00.

There’s a Facebook event page set up here. Please help spread the word: 167 bus petition hand in

We’re sorry about the short notice. Heidi had to arrange this quickly after attempts to contact TfL failed to get anywhere.

The online and paper petitions have over 2,500 signatures between them. It’s not too late to sign! Save the 167 bus route.