Midhurst Community Bus looks for new funds

The Midhust Community Bus
The Midhust Community Bus

MIDHURST Community Bus is looking for new ways of funding itself after losing finance from two school runs.

Chairman Nick Wheeler told Midhurst town councillors that last year the bus had its best year ever with passenger numbers up to 5,000 from 3,000 three years ago.

It had also earned extra funds from school runs to Petersfield and to Liphook.

“But then as part of West Sussex County Council’s cuts they withdrew the Petersfield service and as children have got older and left the Bohunt we have lost that run as well.”

He said the losses meant the association was back to annual losses of some £2,000 and was looking for new ways to raise money.

He hoped the county council would continue to award the £2,500 annual grant: “If not our position will be rather worse than anticipated.”

“I don’t mind using reserves for a year,” said Mr Wheeler, “but we do need to be able to wash our face.”

The association was hoping to hold a major fund raising event next year and was looking at raising bus fares. Mr Wheeler hopes town and parish councils would continue to give grant support.