Soar Val­ley bus scheme given £52,975 grant

Loughborough Echo - - SHEPSHED SCENE -

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.

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