Sutton St James residents may soon be eligible to use the services of the South Holland Parishes Voluntary Car Scheme.
The news comes following a letter in the Spalding Guardian, outlining the success of the scheme and inviting other towns and villages to join,
A word with your councillor might encourage them to joinCoun Angela Newton, chairman South Holland Parishes Voluntary Car Scheme
Formed in April 1981, the scheme was the first service of its kind in the country, taking residents to important appointments they might otherwise struggle to attend.
Chairman Coun Angela Newton wrote to us for help in spreading the word, saying: “I would dearly love to see the whole of South Holland covered by this service and would welcome present non-members to join.”
After the new interest from Sutton St James, Coun Newton said: “This is really good news. Our treasurer, Mike Robinson, had sent details to Lin Pilcher, clerk to Sutton St James Parish Council, and we are waiting to hear if they want to join.”
Currently, parishes that are already members include Spalding, Fleet, Holbeach, Long Sutton, Sutton Bridge, Crowland, Lutton, Whaplode, Moulton, Weston, Gedney and Cowbit.
Each year transport is provided for thousands of residents. In the period from April 2014 to March 2015, the scheme – which has 55 drivers – assisted 8,445 clients and covered 191,194 miles.
Many of the journeys are to hospitals (including Spalding, Boston, Holbeach, Wisbech, Peterborough, Addenbrooke’s, Nottingham, Stamford and King’s Lynn) as well as medical centres, dentists and chiropodists. If drivers are available, they can also be booked for shopping and visiting relatives in nursing homes.
Passengers pay the driver 35p per mile and there is a minimum charge of £4 for journeys less than 10 miles. The charity receives a precept equivalent to a penny rate from participating parishes.
Angela added: “Please don’t get upset with our organisers if they have to decline your request for transport if your parish does not belong to the scheme. A word with your councillor or parish clerk might encourage them to join us so that we can help you.”
To become a driver or find out how you can book a trip, email greggreene2003@ yahoo.co.uk or call 01775 630144.