Brighton Students’ Union Against The Lemon Bus Cut- Statement 14th September
Brighton SU is disappointed to learn of the profound changes to the provision of free transport between our Brighton sites: Grand Parade, Moulsecoomb, Falmer and Varley Halls. This is of significant and detrimental impact for those students living at Varley Halls (due to the isolated location) both in terms of affordability and student safety.
We are strongly opposing the University’s decision to cancel the University’s free bus service between Brighton campuses.
The Lemon Bus has been serving our students for many years and become a fundamental feature of campus life. The prospect of free and safe transport is often a significant factor for students in choosing University of Brighton as a place to live and study.
There has been minimal consultation with the Students’ Union in the decision made and we feel that we have not been able to make effective representations on behalf of our members. This includes not receiving any evidence relating to the usage of the bus by students, which the University are now indicating is the main reason for the cut in service.
As a new full-time leadership team, we want to represent your views but we cannot do this if the University isn’t prepared to include us in the decision making. Despite our efforts the communication between the Union and the University Senior Management has been extremely poor on this issue, and we are disappointed that we were never given the opportunity to represent our membership in regards to the Big Lemon.
As a Union we are committed to securing a quality outcome to this situation for all of our members, both new and returning. In the meantime, we urge you to sign this petition here.
We have created a Facebook group for any student to join and share your thoughts on the Big Lemon cancellation.