Dozens of bus services to be cut in Oxfordshire

Dozens of bus routes in some of the Thames Valley's most rural areas are set to be cut as the council tries to save £50m over the next 5 years. Adult social care and children's centres will also be affected and council tax will rise.

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Public meetings to be held over Oxfordshire budget cuts

Campaigners protesting against cuts to children's services in Oxfordshire Credit: ITV Meridian

After much controversy, and angry protests, people in Oxfordshire can have their say on the future of children's centres.

There are plans to replace 40 sites with eight family centres. The public consultation, which begins on the 18th of November, will mean residents can look at three different models.

The county council needs to make cuts of £290m by 2018.

The public meetings are being held on:

  • Wednesday 18 November from 6 - 7.30 pm at Kings Centre, Osney Mead, Oxford
  • Monday 23 November from 6 - 7.30 pm at Didcot Civic Centre, Britwell Road, Didcot
  • Monday 30 November from 6 - 7.30 pm at John Paul II Centre, Webb Court, Causeway, Bicester
Oxfordshire County Council needs to save £290m by 2018 Credit: ITV Meridian

"We are well aware of the strength of feeling on this issue from the feedback we've already received from people, particularly in relation to children's centres.

"We may have to withdraw funding from centres, but we are hopeful that many services they provide can continue and communities are already coming forward with ideas to make this happen.

"I would encourage people to come along to one of the public meetings to give their views."

– Oxfordshire County Council's Cabinet Member for Children, Education and Families Melinda Tilley

Councillors say some bus routes could be saved

Councillors at a key meeting this afternoon at Oxfordshire County Council have agreed that some bus services could be saved - if the authority is able to balance the books.

Mel Bloor reports from outside the council headquarters.


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