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Date published: 12th September 2018
Grants to boost community transport have been awarded by North Norfolk District Council under a scheme designed to help vulnerable, disadvantaged and isolated residents access the services and facilities they need.
The council’s Community Transport Fund (CTF) is supporting three projects that have successfully applied for funding. The projects are available to eligible residents of any age.
- Aylsham & District Care Trust has been awarded £7,000 towards its minibus and volunteer car service. The grant will enable the schemes to expand their geographical area of operation to include specific additional parishes in North Norfolk.
- Burnham Market Area Community Car Scheme has been awarded £1,000 to provide transport for medical appointments and to extend its car scheme service to include Barsham.
- North Norfolk Community Transport has been awarded £24,000. Half of this money is going towards the establishment of a volunteer car scheme to enable patients who are registered with Cromer Medical Practice and who don’t have access to other transport to attend medical appointments, social events, employment opportunities and leisure opportunities, as well as health and wellbeing activities. The rest is going towards an expansion of the Dial a Ride Scheme.
Meanwhile, the CTF remains open for applications, and any voluntary organisation that currently provides or wishes to set up a community transport service in North Norfolk is encouraged to apply for a grant.
Cllr John Lee, Leader of the Council and of the Conservative Group at NNDC, said: “I’m delighted we can offer this vital support to some of our most isolated residents. It’s further proof of the well managed financial situation that this council finds itself in.
“I’d encourage other suitable projects to consider applying for this funding, as we are always keen to improve access and mobility for people who might otherwise be cut off from the wider community.”
Cllr Sarah Butikofer, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group at NNDC, said: “We are delighted this additional funding is now supporting our rural communities, helping to combat social isolation and loneliness. As rural bus services come under more pressure, these providers offer a vital link for our communities.”
Cllr John Rest, Leader of the Independent Group, said: “Affordable community transport provides a vital lifeline for many people in the district and we are delighted to be able to support this service through one of our grant schemes.”
Applications to the CTF can be submitted at any time, and decisions on applications will be made in March, July and November. To be considered this November, applications need to be submitted by October 26.
For more information or to apply for a grant, visit www.north-norfolk.gov.uk and search for “community transport fund”.
To discuss a potential application, call the Communities Team on 01263 516173 or 01263 516248.
Last updated: 12th September 2018