Busy transport agenda ahead

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.transport forum meet'16/04/11'shdc,sp'f/ciaran norris [outreach officer],george scott..b/louise mcguinness,kevin mothers,ron meridith,liz williams,rodney sadd,david hurdle

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TRANSPORT campaigners have vowed to tour the district and speak to parish councils in a bid to boost support in 2011 - and slammed councillors for their lack of interest.

The Spalding and Peterborough Transport Forum held its AGM on Saturday and members were disappointed to find that, despite sending an invite through South Holland District Council, none of the current crop of councillors attended or sent apologies.

Candidates Martin Blake (Green) and Rodney Sadd (Labour) did attend the meeting, however, at the council’s Priory Road headquarters in Spalding.

Chairman George Scott, who was re-elected at the AGM, said he expects this to be an important year for transport matters - with the spiralling price of petrol forcing many people to look into using public transport.

He pledged to help people who are unfamiliar with the transport network and will write to all parish council clerks to arrange to speak to members about the forum’s work and transport issues affecting South Holland.

Mr Scott said: “We decided we are going out to all the parishes in the area - we are going out there for 2011.

“People are going to rely on public transport and they will need a voice and a pressure point to stand up for them.”

The forum wants to spread awareness for the CallConnect bus service - an on demand bus that can help plug the gaps for areas where there is little or no public transport.

At the AGM the forum welcomed Ciaran Norris, an outreach officer for the Houses of Parliament, who explained how people can lobby Parliament and get involved in the legislative process.

The forum will have further sessions to help them keep up to date with the workings of the Transport Select Committee.

To contact the forum send an email to forum@spaldingtransportforum.co.uk.