Community Travel

Local Transport Scheme – Final Call for Volunteers

The recently announced local transport scheme is in urgent need of volunteers, without whom the scheme will be cancelled.  The organiser – Stuart Coffey – has sent this message calling for help:

Dear Communities of Bourton, Longcot Shrivenham and Watchfield,

I am the Shrivenham Parish Council’s lead councillor for transport and I am writing in a last-ditch attempt to find volunteers willing to support a prospective local mobility transport scheme to support those in need in our villages.

I have made 2 attempts at holding meetings to attract some volunteers thus far and have secured the services of 2 committee members (thank you to Ian and Steve for that) and promises of support from 2 other drivers (Bob and Chris, thank you, too).

Unfortunately, this is not enough to run a viable management committee for a resilient transport service for our villages.  I need a committee of 8, including members representing each of the villages to be supported.  I will also, ideally, need a bank of volunteer drivers in double figures.  Whilst we can start the scheme with less than this with the expectation that we will grow over the coming months, it is a requirement that we have a working, viable committee before I ask Oxfordshire County Council to release the full funding to us.  If I can’t generate enough support, this funding will go to other deserving causes elsewhere in the County.

I will be holding one more open meeting for all interested volunteers.  Shrivenham Bowls Club (thank you to Brian and the committee) have answered this community call by hosting this last-chance meeting on Thursday 22nd February between 7 and 9pm.

Please contact me at stuart.coffey@shrivenham.orgif you want to help turn this potential transport scheme for those who need it in our community into a reality.  I believe in the community spirit of our communities.  Please help me bring this scheme into existence.

I hope to see you on Thursday 22nd February.

Best regards

Stu Coffey