Barnstaple Town Councillors have written to Devon County Council to express their deep disappointment at proposals to reduce or withdraw 21 bus routes in the town.The axe is set to fall on public transport as part of the countys latest Tough Choices consultation, which closes on Monday. Following a meeting on Monday night, town clerk Will Austin has written on behalf of councillors to urge the county to reconsider the proposals and the timetable for review. The letter said: As with previous reductions in care, highways, libraries and youth provision, these service cuts will have a significant adverse impact on some of the most economically and socially disadvantaged residents in Devon. The proposals as they stand will disadvantage the elderly, the disabled, the low paid, students, and most incomprehensibly, those in poor health. The withdrawal of services serving North Devon District Hospital is completely unacceptable, risking as it does the health of our community. The town council understands the financial position facing the county council, but as with previous cuts, we consider that not enough has been done to reduce back office costs, and no consideration has been given to involving the town council in looking for alternative ways of retaining these services. The countys reserves are by any measure sufficient to maintain these services for long enough to engage meaningfully with the town council to protect local services on behalf of its residents. The county council currently spends £5.4million a year supporting nearly 200 public bus services but needs to save £1.7m from its annual public transport budget to help plug a £50m Government budget reduction next year. Have your say before Monday, April 20 - click here.