Robert Howard writes:
I am the person responsible for the design of the little bus box Steve Carr refers to, with Ellie Winfield, the Labour Party candidate for Bramcote and Beeston North in the driving seat. It is far from being a ‘childish response’ because it is drawing attention to a serious issue and Mr. Carr has proved my point. – people are talking about our LocalLink buses and that has to be good! If he used the little LocalLink L10 and L11 buses frequently like I and many others do, he would be aware of the issues Ellie draws attention to in her leaflet. As for me, I’ve been making bus boxes since 2014 and using them, among other things, to promote Nottingham City Transport’s 35 “History Bus’ route, for which I I first wrote a guide in 2013. In 2018, NCT worked with me to create their own version and, I’m proud to say, there is a 35 bus which bears my name. Does Mr. Carr really believe that Nottingham City council tax payers have a duty to fund bus routes in Bramcote and Broxtowe? I suspect he would be one of the first to complain if Broxtowe Borough and Nottinghamshire County Council were funding bus routes in Nottingham. I have long been advocating (and writing about) the need for a Bramcote and Beeston community bus network. If you use buses, you know how important they are. If you don’t, they are as good as invisible or something to be snobby about. Mr. Carr has missed the bus on this issue, so he sneers at Labour and Ellie Winfield for daring to make voters think about buses.