Parchment Trust users voice dismay over changes

Service users from Parchment Trust
Service users from Parchment Trust

A group of adults with learning disabilities have expressed their dismay over proposed changes to bus services in town.

People from Parchment Trust have spent the last several weeks working hard on a presentation for East Sussex County Council (ESCC) voicing their concerns.

Chrys Brookes, from the trust, said: “The purpose of this exercise was to enable adults with learning disabilities to take an active part in the consultation process, in a way that met their communication and understanding needs. It took the group more than six weeks to work through this.

“Questions we asked were how the proposed bus time changes affect them, what would they like the bus times to be, why was it important to have buses when we need them and ideas for helping ESCC save money.

“Answers to how the bus changes affected them included not being able to get home in the evening or on Sunday and not being able to meet friends on Sundays.”

Parchment Trust is a charity in Hastings that supports adults with learning disabilities.

It runs a co-operative for people with learning disabilities who want to be as independent as possible, theFriary Gardeners horticultural scheme for people with a variety of disabilities, as well as individually designed day opportunities for those with more profound and complex needs.