Minutes of NHBUG Meeting – 27 March 2018

This Meeting was held at  BALDOCK COMMUNITY CENTRE, Simpson Drive, SG7 6DH Meeting started at 2:00pm, chaired by Edna Fox

Approx. 12 members attended. Also attending were: Councillors Fiona Hill, Tony Hunter, Steve Jarvis. And Guy Brigden from Herts CC.  Apologies received from: Councillors Michael Muir, Derrick Ashley, Simon Bloxham, Ian Mantle.   Marilyn Kirkland was not present to chair due to illness. The meeting expressed hope of a full and speedy recovery.

Matters Arising from last minutes
It was confirmed that the current timetable for the 90/91 bus was the best that could be managed, and that there would be no further discussions of changes to the timings.  There was a question about the timings of the 202 service to Ashwell station. These will presumably be reviewed when the new train timetable is implemented.

Bus services
The meeting raised a number of points with Guy Brigden who noted them and agreed to look into the ones pertaining to Herts County Council. [He has since come back with an update, which is attached below]

Next Meeting.
July 5th 2018 at The Care Hub, Station Rd. Letchworth Garden City. At 14:15.    
                                            David Wakelin – Secretary: North Herts BUG

Reply from Guy Brigden HCC: Issues involving HCC included:

1. Delays to 90/91 in Ashwell High Street – awaiting feedback from contract enforcement officers
2. Report from Cllr Hill of bus failing to stop for a person with learning difficulties – there is a scheme involving the issue of orange cards which can be used by people with disabilities – see

3. Report from Cllr Hill of buses on route 26 using Tannery Drift – no planned closures would have caused this so it could only have been a short-term emergency closure
4. Report of problems with road closure in Norton Way – we have no record of this closure
5. Charter Fair diversions – problem caused by last-minute deviation from plan by Arriva but isn’t expected to recur.
6. Bus shelter condition – please report instances of dirty shelters to HCC so that cleaning can be arranged
7. Report of new flag on  stop at Western Way/Heathermere Road – we have no record of any work having been done here since July 2017. The flag is marked Schools Services Only.