Free £30,000 van for transport scheme

JPCT-29-02-12 Billingshurst Transport group gets new vehicle. Ken Johnson with vehicle user Colin Pidgley in wheelchair  S12090517a -photo by Steve Cobb
JPCT-29-02-12 Billingshurst Transport group gets new vehicle. Ken Johnson with vehicle user Colin Pidgley in wheelchair S12090517a -photo by Steve Cobb
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A NEW van worth £30,000 has been awarded to a Billingshurst transport scheme by Horsham district council.

Ken Johnson, the chairman of Billingshurst Community Transport Ltd, said that the vehicle will make a huge difference to their work.

He said: “We are deeply grateful to the Council, and in particular Howard Collins, the grants officer, for their support.

“Comfort for both volunteer drivers, we have over 40, and passengers is essential and the new vehicle will provide that.”

The scheme, which has been running for over eight years, was awarded the new VW Caddy Maxi, after Ken applied to the council for developer gain money.

Ken said: “A majority of our 5000 journeys a year are for medical purposes and we visit three surgeries and over 20 hospitals in any given year.”

With more than 500 registered users, the scheme is always looking to further their coverage in the communities surrounding Billingshurst.

Ken said: “To acheive this we are always on the lookout for volunteer drivers, not just driving the new vehicle, but also in their own cars.”

To contact the scheme call Lynne Murray, the co-ordinator, on 01403 787696.