Mario calls for more help
THE councillor battling for better services on behalf of vulnerable bus users says Cornwall Council should provide more subsidised services.
Two weeks ago The Cornishman reported on Mario Fonk's efforts to get more buses running into the Roscadghill estate in Heamoor where he says there are more than 100 disabled and elderly people who are reliant on a regular bus service.
Since the reorganisation of the Cornwall bus routes at the start of the month, only three buses travel each way to and from Penzance which stop in the estate.
This resulted in a walk of several hundred yards for service users to the nearest bus stop – one of which has no shelter.
Mr Fonk suggested that the First bus company should re-route its No 10 service from St Just to include a stop in the estate but that request was rebuffed.
He says that he has since learnt that while Cornwall Council do provide contracted (ie, subsidised) services for nearby Manor Way residents, they are not prepared to do so for the Roscadghill estate.
Mr Fonk has written to Bert Biscoe, the council's portfolio holder for transport and waste, saying: "I am very angry that despite there being two sheltered estates in the area with more than 100 elderly or disabled people, Cornwall Council is not willing to provide additional journeys to and from Roscadghill Road but contracted the company, for example, to provide an hourly service on Monday to Saturday daytime between Penzance town centre and Manor Way.
"Are you saying that the old and disabled people in Heamoor are less worthy than the residents of Manor Way?"
However Cornwall Council denies it has refused to support bus journeys between Roscadghill and Penzance.
"Following the commercial decision by First to withdraw services from Roscadghill we held discussions with the operator and as a result three journeys a day were reinstated," a spokesman said.