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New home needed for Dial-A-Ride buses
1:00pm Wednesday 28th August 2013 in News
THE team behind the Dial-a-Ride mini bus service is appealing for help in finding a new home for its buses.
The mini bus service needs to find a new space for its vehicles which have been based at Athlone Road in suitable conditions.
General manager Brian Wilson said: “Under present circumstances it is extremely difficult to cope with the dusty environment, keeping the vehicle interiors clean and dust free is so essential as many of our members have breathing related difficulties.
“In addition to which the cement accumulates under the vehicles and as a result adds substantially to our vehicle maintenance costs.”
Dial-a-Ride offers flexible transport to meet an individual’s need so disabled, vulnerable and older people can still get out and avoid being isolated.
It can help with transport to employment, education, training, appointments, shopping, social and leisure activities.
Trustee Clr Geoff Settle added: “As an asthmatic I couldn’t work here because we are sited between the dust and noise of a cement company and a recycling business banging away all day.
“The vehicles are visibly getting damaged by the conditions and it can’t be good for people’s long term health. Our last meeting in the portable cabin was like being in a sweat box, how Brian and his staff can work here all day is a mystery to me.”
Chairman Denis Collins added: “At every trustee’s meeting I find it difficult to reassure the staff representative of our empathy with the staff in their Dickensian working conditions.
“This unacceptable state of affairs has continued for a number of years and to continue to offer the fine service to the public by staff and volunteers it is essential that we re-house them.”
The board has been looking at alternative sites which are available at a suitable cost but all options put forward by Warrington Borough Council have not been suitable.
Private sector options so far have proved too expensive.
If anyone has any suggestions or ideas they can contact Brian Wilson on 419977 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or Clr Geoff Settle on 07768 542 635 or e-mail email@example.com.
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