Artist backs bus campaign

Campaigners gather signatures for their petition on Scarborough seafront
Campaigners gather signatures for their petition on Scarborough seafront

A CAMPAIGN against the proposal to stop pensioners using concessionary passes on Scarborough seafront bus services has been given a boost by artist David

Hockney.

Mr Hockney, who lives in Bridlington, signed a petition against the county council’s proposal while on a visit to Scarborough.

The campaign has been initiated by the Scarborough and Whitby Labour Party.

Cllr Eric Broadbent, leader of the Labour Group on Scarborough Council, said: “David was quite happy to sign, although living in Bridlington he thought it wouldn’t affect him very much.

“But the point we are making is that the concessionary fare scheme is a national scheme, and once we allow little bits of it to be nibbled away here and there, it will end up more as a postcode lottery.”

In little more than two hours more than 250 people put their names to the petition, with many visitors signing up.

Cllr Colin Challen said: “A lot of people said that if they cannot use their bus passes they were likely to spend less in Scarborough.”

It is understood that the county council is due to decide on whether to withdraw funding for the scheme from the seafront services this month.

They argue that the seafront buses are ‘tourist services’ so are not eligible for the concessionary scheme.