Soar Valley bus scheme given £52,975 grant
NOTTINGHAMSHIRE County Council have come up trumps in helping the heavily used and much appreciated Soar Valley Bus scheme, with a grant of more than £50,000 towards the cost of a new vehicle.
Thanks to the many volunteer drivers over the past 39 years, the Soar Valley Bus, housed in Sutton Bonington, has successfully operated its fourteen scheduled, weekly services from Normanton to East Leake, Loughborough, Costock, Rempstone, Ratcliffe, Long Eaton and West Bridgford. It also operates private hire and day trips to affiliated groups.
But one of the two buses it ran was past its sell by date and had to be replaced, and this is where the county council came in with a grant of £52,975, which went towards buying the new vehicle which is now in use.
The voluntary group, running the services are in urgent need of more driver volunteers.
Clive Goode, chairman, says: “If you have a DI category on your current driving licence, you are able to drive both our vehicles, which are as easy to drive as your car just a tad bigger!
“All training on the vehicle is completed in the village at no cost to you.”
Jean Corliss, the operations manager, says there is a driver rota but says no one needs to worry about being tied down by a commitment. “If you can’t drive on a particular day for any reason however short the notice you’ll always be able to obtain cover.”
If you have some spare time to give to this community service, please contact Clive Goode on 01509 672860.
Pictured, left to right: Clive Goode, Coun. Andrew Brown, the local Notts County Council councillor who handed over the cheque, Jean Corliss and Dave Watson, from the county council.