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We are opposed to the plans to remove the no.70 bus service and to replace it by running the no.81 out from Ecclesall to Dore.
This service is proposed to run at 20 minute intervals and is being promoted as an improvement on the current service while completely ignoring the impact of removing a service which is extremely important to people who need to get to and from the four hospitals on that route, the university and the schools and other locations along that route.
The people affected include:
• Patients attending hospital appointments.
• People visiting others who are in-patients at one of the hospitals
• People who work at the organisations listed above
• Schoolchildren at the schools
This amounts to several hundred people.
The option of changing at Hunter’s Bar to a no.10 (running at hourly intervals) or a no.80 (running at 30 minute intervals) or going into town and then catching a bus out is not a satisfactory alternative for a number of reasons, for example:
• Many users are elderly, infirm or suffer from disabilities which make travel difficult at the best of times. Changing buses adds to their problems.
• Waiting in the cold, wind and rain for a connection will be extremely unpleasant for anyone let alone those who are elderly, infirm or suffer from disabilities.
• Changing buses will make planning journeys more difficult for those with fixed appointments. A missed connection could lead to a missed appointment and for people with serious conditions this could have serious consequences. There will be similar inconvenience for people being late for work or for school. • Changing buses will make journey times significantly longer, particularly if people have to make an earlier start to ensure they make a connection to get them to their destination on time.
• Some people receive treatment as hospital outpatients and then have to return home while recovering from the treatment (for example, eye appointments where eye drops are administered and eyesight doesn’t return to normal for several hours making it difficult to read bus numbers at a distance, or conditions which make walking and standing at bus stops difficult or painful).
Car parking (both short and long term) is severely restricted in the vicinity of the hospitals, schools and universities making car journeys impractical.
Some people will have no alternative but to take taxis to and from hospital appointments and that would be very expensive for elderly and disabled people of limited means. There are many disabled people who live along the no.70 route who take the bus, escorted by relatives, friends or carers.
In addition, where people have no option but to drive or be driven, an increase in car usage will add to congestion along Brocco Bank (and onwards), an increase in exhaust emissions and pollution, and a worsening of air quality along a route which is used by a lot of pedestrians and cyclists.
Having outlined some of the problems that will arise from the removal of the no.70 service here are some suggestions.
1. Keep the no.70 and extend its route to run to Bradway, via Dore & Totley station, providing a link to the rail station for south and west Sheffield. That might also help to relieve the car parking problems at Dore &Totley rail station. It might also attract more passengers and increase revenue.
2. Remove the no.70 service but run the no.81 from Dore along the no.70 route to the town centre and then along its existing route from then on. This would remove one bus from Ecclesall Road but there are numerous buses running along this road and the removal of the no.81 is unlikely to affect capacity or frequency in any significant way.
3. Extend the M17 to follow the no.70 route as far as Sheffield University. It could return via the university roundabout.
4. If none of the above are deemed(!) feasible then operate a peak period service along the no.70 route to allow schoolchildren and workers to get to and from schools and work places. This would still leave gaps where people will have difficulty getting to the hospitals. What would you offer to these people?
Dore Village Society
Kutz Hair on Causeway Head Road has released a statement regarding the 'rumour' that they will be closing down. Kutz Hair would like to assure their clients that they are definitely not closing, and they wish to express their gratitude to their clients. You can read their official statement below.
It has been brought to our attention that there is a rumour around the village that Kutz hair is closing. We would like to reassure you that this is not correct. Kutz has been established in the village for 30 years and it is with your continued loyal custom that we are still here. As far as we're concerned it's business as usual for the foreseeable future.
We collected over 300 signatures at the Scout and Guide Gala on Saturday and have now placed the petition in several shops around the village (including the post office and the newsagent) as well as both pubs.
If you would like to sign our petition it will be available until Monday 20th July and we will deliver it to the bus operator the following day.
Entry: £4 per person for admission to all of the gardens. Children under 14 are free if accompanied by an adult
All proceeds to local organisations
Programmes are available before the event from:
The Ironing Parlour
170 Baslow Road
Man Made (behind the Heatherfield Club)
On the days of the event programmes will be available from:
Outside The Ironing Parlour
170 Baslow Road
Any of the participating gardens.
0114 236 2302
Scarecrows wanted for Dore's Best Scarecrow Competition 2015! It's the time of year again for the annual scarecrow competition around the village. We had some great entries last year so do your best in this year's competition! You'll need to pick up an entry form at Hartleys Fruit Cabin on Townhead Road to register for the competition. Full details can also be found with the registration forms at Hartleys.
This years exciting theme is "Favourite Characters from Fiction" so be sure to get out your favourite fictional books and start making and creating! The more entries the better! Winners will be announced at Dore Shown on Saturday 12th September 2015.
The Dore Village Society will be running its annual litter picking session on Sunday 19th July. Anyone is welcome to join us for a giant clean-up of the village. We'll be starting at 11am from Dore Old School Car Park with refreshments available. Full instructions, equipment and bags will be provided so no need to worry about bringing supplies.We look forward to seeing you there!
This service is proposed to run at 20 minute intervals and is being promoted as an improvement on our current service while completely ignoring the impact of removing a service which is extremely important to people who need to get to and from the Hallamshire Hospital, the university and the schools and other locations along that route.
The option of changing at Hunter’s Bar to a no. 10 (running at hourly intervals) or a no. 80 (running at 30 minute intervals) or going into town and then catching a bus out is not a satisfactory alternative for a number of reasons.
There are a number of other likely consequences, including an increase in car usage which will add to congestion along Brocco Bank (and onwards), an increase in exhaust emissions and pollution, and a worsening of air quality along a route which is used by a lot of pedestrians and cyclists.
No doubt you can add to this list.
There are several ways in which you can make your concerns known to the South Yorkshire Bus Partnership. The first is to attend one of the drop-in consultation sessions which the South Yorkshire Bus Partnership is running. The next one of these is on Friday 10th July from 4pm to 7pm at Bradway Community Hall, Bradway Road, S17 4QQ.
Then on Wednesday 22nd July from 4pm to 7pm at Bents Green Methodist Church, Ringinglow Road, S11 7PU.
You can also respond by completing a questionnaire online at www.travelsouthyorkshire.com/sbp
You can also fill in a paper questionnaire which you can then post to the South Yorkshire Bus Partnership. If you want to do this please let me know and I will get a copy of the questionnaire to you.
Finally, you can send your comments to me (but by email only) - Keith Shaw, Chairman, Dore Village Society: email@example.com and I will collate them and forward them to our councillors (who are working very hard on this for the whole ward) and to the South Yorkshire Bus Partnership.
Thank you to all the large number of people who have phoned me over the last few days to express their concerns. As you can imagine, I can’t summarise and collate all the views that I have received and so I would ask you to use one of the above mechanisms for making your opinions known to the South Yorkshire Bus Partnership.
The South Yorkshire Bus Partnership consultation runs until Friday 31st July so get your response in by then. Postal responses have to arrive by Wednesday 29th July.
The DVS committee meets on the last Tuesday of each month (except for December when there is no meeting) in the Old School from 7:30pm to about 9:30pm.
We are looking for someone with either accountancy qualifications or experience as a book keeper.
If you would be interested in joining the DVS committee and taking the role of treasurer please contact me via:
0114 236 3598