Thursday, September 06, 2007

Cardiff Bus sellout by LIb Dems

Bus service could go privatePLANS have been unveiled which could lead to a sell-off of a slice of Cardiff Bus, netting tens of millions of pounds. more We want better services not worse!what next .. this is a big mistake - perhaps the councillors who are on the board could have resisted this? Cllr Neale?

Are they skint or what is going on? They are trying to sell of Whichurch Highschool grounds for housing! Is this property developers world or what?

Cardiff Bus Contact Details:
David BrownManaging DirectorLeckwith DepotSloper RoadCardiffCF1 8AFTelephone: 029 2078 7704 email:
Council Representation:
Councillor Joe Carter
Councillor Gareth Neale
Councillor John Dixon
Councillor Steve Pantak
Councillor Cathy Pearcy
Councillor Christine Priday
Councillor John Sheppard

"Mr Davies ..whos he?.. is also looking at a major rationalising of the council’s land and buildings. That could even mean proposals being looked at to sell County Hall and move office staff to a site on the outskirts of the capital. He is looking closely at non-operational buildings and whether a partnership with the private sector could bring in funding in a so-called equity release scheme.
The shake-up could also see several sections of the council becoming “arm’s-length” companies along the lines of the marketing company, Cardiff & Co, but with staff pay and conditions protected.
A report on Mr Davies’ review of the council’s operations will go to the council’s executive on Tuesday. Mr Pantak said: “While I understand a minority shareholding would be involved, I believe this would be the thin edge of the wedge and will open the door to full privatisation of Cardiff Bus which will gradually reduce the service to customers."

Silly enough at present when we have stagecoach buses in cardiff from for wxample Caerphilly and we get a day ticket from Cardiff Bus but can't use it on those buses! Is this why the fares keep going up. People scream about parking prices but for adults going to work it is £3 or to go shopping with the kids?