BUS SERVICE SAVED !
Having won the battle to have the Westmorland bus service retained, and getting the route changed to go into the central city Bus Interchange, the WRA made further representation to ECan to have the internal route within Westmorland itself extended to service the new subdivbision at the top of the hill. As you will all know by now, that was approved by ECan following a very well-supported separate consultation process, and our new bus serive - Route 45 - is now up and running.
Many thanks to everyone who took the time to "have their say", and to those who made various submissions along the way. The last link in the chain was the siting of the five new bus stops along the route extension. Inevitably, not everyone will be happy with the new bus stop sites, but we can report that the bus service itself seem to very well supported. Even the bus drivers are commenting on an increase in passenger numbers.
It's great to see that the "system" does work, and that public opinion can be a factor in the decision making process. Thanks again toeveryone who helped in any way whatsoever, and please support the new service. The old adage "use it or lose it" should always be at the back of our minds.
In response to many complaints from Worsleys Road residents, and approaches from both the Cracroft and Westmorland Residents' Associations, regarding the non-notifiable granting of a consent to provide a road link between Worsleys Road and Westmorland, Council responded with a Memorandum, last December, which outlined the concerns raised by all interested parties, and Council's response to those concerns.
It appears that the Developer exercised an existing "non-notifiable" consent to connect the new subdivision, at the top of the hill, to Worsleys Road. We understand that will not happen, however, until the Cashmere Road / Worsleys Road / Hoon Hay Road intersection is upgraded, which is scheduled for sometime in the latter half of 2019. Watch this space !
The attached PDF as supplied by the CCC and provides an insight into the Old Stone House - past, present and future.