The Bournemouth Council Community Overview and Scrutinies Panel are unsure whether the Safe Bus – a scheme that helps keep the pressure off the emergency services in the town centre at night by providing care for people at risk – will continue to run.
Following this news, Felson’s and Walkabout event rep Jessica Stoddard has decided to show support by running a Ladies Night at Felson’s Pool Bar in Bournemouth that will help raise money.
In an exclusive interview, Jessica told Buzz Online why we should do everything we can to ensure the safe bus continues. “People always think they’re just fun when they’re intoxicated but sometimes they’re not safe. When people have been too drunk to be in our venue (Walkabout Bar/Felson’s Pool Bar), the Safe Bus have got them out of the road and given them so much help.
“I’ve also gone to the safe bus so many times and they’ve given me a bottle of water and helped me get home.”
Cllr Nick Rose however, is not so certain of the importance of the Safe Bus’ role in Bournemouth Town:
“The council can’t afford to pay for non-essential services. This is a non-essential service. Whether we can afford to keep the Safe Bus going I don’t know. Cuts have to be made.”
The event will take place on the 9th February at 7pm and tickets will cost £5, with £1 of every ticket going to the Safe Bus.