A COMMUNITY meeting has been arranged for this evening for locals affected by the shock recent decision by Stagecoach to axe key bus services in the Garnock Valley.

Beith and District Community Council is asking members of the public to join a gathering at Beith Community Centre tonight (Tuesday, June 21) from 7-9pm.

The discussion will focus on the local impact of the proposed cancellation of the X34 and X36 services, which take passengers between Ardrossan, Irvine and Glasgow city centre.

The move has caused an uproar among commuters and local politicians, with West Scotland MSP Katy Clark supporting a petition against the plans which has already attracted more than 5,000 signatures.

An update shared by the community council on Monday said: "Unfortunately, despite requests, representatives from Stagecoach, SPT and the MSPs for transport have declined attendance to this meeting.

"Four of the five locally elected councilors will be in attendance.

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"We plan to continue to raise awareness of the impact of this decision and the feeling of the local community."

A similar discussion is due to take place at the next meeting of Dalry Community Council, scheduled for Monday, June 27 at 7pm in Rosearden, Courthill Street, Dalry.

Information published in advance of the meeting said: "All are welcome to come along, and we especially want to hear from anyone affected by the recent decision by Stagecoach to remove the X34 and X36 services in the Garnock Valley.

"We will be approaching Stagecoach to send a representative to hear how their actions will impact upon the communities they are supposed to serve.

"You will also be able to hear what steps your elected representatives are taking to encourage Stagecoach to reverse this decision."

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