Test Valley Community Services is shocked by Hampshire County Council's proposal to end funding for Community Transport services including Call and Go, Dial-a-Ride and the withdrawal of remaining bus subsidies social isolation across the county, which appears to contradict HCC's commitment to ending social isolation among vulnerable residents.

Test Valley Community Transport and Call and Go passengers (not just for older people, but for the young, disabled and the vulnerable who do not have access to their own or public transport) depend on these vital services to remain active, independent and included in their community. These services provide an answer to accessible transport, community cohesion, geographical isolation and social deprivation. Without them how will people get out from their homes, get to medical appointments, shop independently, visit friends and family or engage with others at social/lunch groups?

Transport is always chief among the issues raised by older people responding to the Council’s own Older People’s Health & Wellbeing surveys, and with the growing number of older people living longer with disabilities and health conditions, the need for these services has never been greater.

Test Valley Community Services along with our counterpart’s county wide will challenge this proposal, because we care passionately about our passengers and our communities. 

If you support our objection please sign our petition. The proposal is set to go to cabinet on the 16th October and then full council for a formal decision at the beginning of November. The more people who sign the louder our voice will be.

Read more about the proposed cuts here.

You can also sign in person at: Andover Shopmobility, The Bus Station, West Street, Andover SP10 1QP