Pensioners from the Amman Valley in South Wales have put in a plea with the county council to have the minibus service which they call “vital” reinstated. The senior citizens of Glanaman and Garnant have successfully lobbied their local MP Adam Price and AM Rhodri Glyn Thomas who have got behind the group 100% to push to have the minibus facility back up and running.
Both Mr Price and Mr Thomas have joined forces to appeal to the council to bring back this essential service for the pensioners. A letter has been sent to council officials, signed by both the MP and AM, and it is now being looked into by the authorities. Mr Price explained how important the minibus service is to the elderly residents saying, “In many cases the few hours a week the bus was available was the only time people using the facility were able to spend away from their homes.”
An alternative minibus in Carmarthen has been made available to the senior citizens, however this has not been a practical option because of problems with securing a volunteer driver in the area. This has proved to be an unhelpful and impractical alternative.
Mr Thomas AM stressed the importance of the facility for the residents of the Amman Valley, saying that it is vital the council acts to prevent the elderly and vulnerable from the area feeling isolated and cut-off.