Pool car re­view to save cash

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We s t Lo t h i a n Co u n c i l is to ex­plore new ways of max­imis­ing use of its pool cars in a bid to save money.

It could see the cars, which are parked up at 5pm, be­ing used by part­ner groups such as health care bod­ies.

Coun­cil­lors voted 15 to 10 in favour of a mo­tion raised by SNP de­pute group leader Frank An­der­son at this month’s meet­ing of the full coun­cil which urged: “The coun­cil are not mak­ing the best use of our pool cars. There are spe­cific times when they are not be­ing utilised. In these times of aus­ter­ity we can’t ig­nore the pos­si­bil­ity of mak­ing bet­ter use of coun­cil as­sets.” The mo­tion was backed by the Tory group as a prac­ti­cal way for the coun­cil to do some­thing lo­cally with part­ner ser­vices. Labour pro­duced an amend­ment in which it high­lighted “good progress” made to re­duced busi­ness mileage that will en­able the num­ber of pool cars to be re­duced from 300 to 200 by the close of the year.

The amend­ment sug­gested a re­port would come back to coun­cil in the mid­dle of next year to look at ways of sav­ing and shar­ing the cars with other pub­lic sec­tor bod­ies.

Coun­cil­lor Tom Conn, pro­duc­ing the amend­ment said: “There’s a re­port go­ing to go be­fore the En­vi­ron­ment Pol­icy Devel­op­ment and Scru­tiny Panel (PDSP) in June 2019.”

Coun­cil­lor An­der­son de­manded a re­port from of­fi­cials be­fore that, high­light­ing his mo­tion called for an ur­gent re­port.

He added: “I was sin­cerely hop­ing this wasn’t go­ing to be con­tentious.

“We have an op­por­tu­nity to do some­thing when we still have 200 cars sit­ting do­ing noth­ing af­ter 5pm. We should be ex­plor­ing ev­ery­thing we can to save money.”

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