One Community is shocked by Hampshire County Council’s Proposal to end funding for Community Transport and Dial-A-Ride across the county, and has started a petition to save community transport in Eastleigh.
One Community will challenge this proposal, which will affect the quality of life of thousands of older and disabled people in our local community.
You can sign the petition on the Change.org site: Petition · Councillor Roy Perry: Save Dial-a-Ride and Community Transport.
Or you could sign in person at:
- One Community, 16 Romsey Road, Eastleigh SO50 9AL
- Eastleigh Museum, 25 High Street, Eastleigh SO50 5LF
- Eastleigh Shopmobility, Unit 2, Swan Centre, Wells Place, Eastleigh SO50 9SG
The proposal is set to go to cabinet on 16 October and then full council for a formal decision at the beginning of November.
Here is a short video clip showing you the importance of community transport services in our community:
Save Community Transport
In a statement, Our Community said:
Our Community Transport and Dial A Ride passengers depend on these services to remain active in their local community. Without them they will remain at home, unable to shop independently, visit friends and family or get to lunch clubs, social groups and day centres.
Transport is always chief among the issues raised by older people responding to the Council’s own Older People’s Health & Wellbeing surveys, and with the growing number of older people living longer with disabilities and health conditions, the need for these services has never been greater.
Community transport services provide a lifeline to vulnerable people, and keeping active and engaged is essential to their well-being.
One Community will challenge this proposal, because we care passionately about our passengers.
— One Community (@1_Comm) September 13, 2017
Eastleigh Dial-A-Ride is a door-to-door transport service for people living in the borough of Eastleigh who find it difficult or impossible to use ordinary bus services.On average, Eastleigh Dial-A-Ride carries out 20,000 passenger trips a year. Registered users can travel anywhere in the borough of Eastleigh and on three days a week to West Quay Shopping Centre in Southampton. The service operates six days a week.
One Community Transport
One Community Transport provides group transport for community and charitable organisations who are registered members of One Community.Our volunteer drivers regularly transport passengers to a variety of destinations using our modern fleet of accessible minibuses. The vehicles are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.