Shopmobility scheme safe – for now
A SCHEME that helps Ashford shoppers with mobility problems has received a temporary reprieve from Ashford Borough Council.
The Shopmobility service had to close earlier this month due to lack of funds only 16 months after moving into a new shop in County Square.
But now the council has come to its rescue to help maintain a temporary service from June 1 until an alternative provider can be found. It will operate seven days a week for advance bookings only.
Cllr Michael Claughton, portfolio holder for community matters, said: “ABC values having a Shopmobility service that allows disabled people to visit the town centre and maintain their independence.”
But he warned: “While we have provided considerable help and support to Shopmobility Ashford over the years, we cannot provide ongoing core funding.
“We are extremely grateful to County Square management for their offer to help us provide a temporary service while we investigate options for the future.”
The scheme has run for seven years in Ashford, providing scooters and wheelchairs to rent out to shoppers with mobility problems.
It costs about £14,000 a year to run.