Tendring District Council (TDC) is calling for an urgent meeting with First Essex over the bus firm’s proposal to close its depot in Clacton.
First Essex has revealed plans to stop operations from the town site, and to cease running several services as a result. The move is understood to put around 60 jobs at risk.
Ian Davidson, TDC Chief Executive, along with councillors Zoe Fairley, Cabinet Member for Investment and Growth, and Lynda McWilliams, Cabinet Member responsible for partnerships, have requested an urgent meeting with senior management at First Essex to find out more about the proposals.
“Though transport is a county council matter, as community leaders we know our residents will be concerned about this announcement,” said Cllr McWilliams.
“Whether they are bus users themselves, work for the company, or if their business relies on public transport to bring staff or customers to the area, this is an issue which has the potential to affect a lot of people.”
“For that reason we are keen to find out more about the motivation behind the proposals, what alternative options there are, and ultimately to see whether or not these services and jobs could be saved – whether with First, another company, or perhaps with alterations acceptable to everyone,” added Cllr Fairley.
“There may be a simple rationale behind the proposals, which is why we want to find out more.”
Local services at risk are the 2, 3, 4/4a, 5/5a and 6. Services between Clacton and Colchester, and Clacton and Walton-on-the-Naze are unaffected.