A BUS service from Mistley is facing the chop as part of an attempt by the county council to save millions of pounds.

Essex County Council currently pays £7.9million to keep almost 200 bus services going – 25 in the Tendring area.

Now it is considering axing six bus services which cost on average £8.29 per passenger to run.

One of the routes under threat is the Wednesday Mistley to Brighlingsea 85 service run by Hedingham.

The route serves 947 passengers each year and costs County Hall £7.66 per passenger.

Essex County Council leader, David Finch said: “We need to ensure we have services that deliver value for money to local residents. This includes reviewing services to see if we can fund or provide them differently.”