Warrington Community Transport forced to cut back after losing funding

Warrington Guardian: Warrington Community Transport forced to cut back after losing funding Warrington Community Transport forced to cut back after losing funding

A CHARITY that offers vital transport for the elderly and disabled is faced with cutting back its service after funding was reduced.

Warrington Community Transport, based on Athlone Road, offers minibus travel to hospital appointments, care centres and community clubs.

Its ‘Dial-A-Ride’ service is used for 30,000 journeys a year, many by pensioners living alone, or those disabled and unable to travel independently.

Warrington Borough Council, which provides a grant to the charity, has announced it is to reduce funding by £72,000 over the next four years.

Brian Wilson, general manager of Warrington Community Transport, said the shortfall will result in vehicles being sold Three are due to go from the 13-strong fleet.

Money is also needed to repair and maintain others.

As a result, WCT would be able to transport less people and have to turn down requests for help, according to Mr Wilson.

He said: “We have to bring money in to replace them.

“If we cannot replace that funding then we need to look at how to make savings.

“That might ultimately mean we need to reduce the service, and that would be a real shame.

“We could not carry as many passengers and would be able to help less people.

“The service is essential for many of those people, but the service would be seriously curtailed.”

WCT costs £365,000 a year to run.

It is staffed by 13 paid employees, some part time and some full time, in addition to voluntary help.

One part time member of staff has left and not been replaced, while another has reduced hours to help trim the wage bill.

Warrington Borough Council still provides £125,000 a year to the charity.

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1:19pm Fri 24 Jan 14

only meeee says...

A pity some of the money spent on the "Giant Bridge St Ashtrays" could not have been used to help this more worthy public service.
A pity some of the money spent on the "Giant Bridge St Ashtrays" could not have been used to help this more worthy public service. only meeee

6:31pm Thu 30 Jan 14

I_don't_believe_it says...

Once again Warrington Borough Council targets cuts at those that it will hurt the most while wasting countless thousands on projects dreamt up by someone trying to justify their existence and trying to leave their mark on this once great town.

Just how much did the "works" on Bridge St cost? More importantly, what was the point? a zig zag pavement and giant flowerpots housing a pathetic conifer. Who is going to maintain them? and for how long? After all, it is only last year that you took away 3 of the 4 park keepers you had put in position just 2.5 years earlier.

And just who is it within the council with the over-inflated ego? Giant skittles, giant flower pots - giant **** if you ask me.
Once again Warrington Borough Council targets cuts at those that it will hurt the most while wasting countless thousands on projects dreamt up by someone trying to justify their existence and trying to leave their mark on this once great town. Just how much did the "works" on Bridge St cost? More importantly, what was the point? a zig zag pavement and giant flowerpots housing a pathetic conifer. Who is going to maintain them? and for how long? After all, it is only last year that you took away 3 of the 4 park keepers you had put in position just 2.5 years earlier. And just who is it within the council with the over-inflated ego? Giant skittles, giant flower pots - giant **** if you ask me. I_don't_believe_it

11:40am Fri 31 Jan 14

only meeee says...

And the conifers were imported from Germany,am I mistaken or isn't Cumbria full of the blessed things ???
And the conifers were imported from Germany,am I mistaken or isn't Cumbria full of the blessed things ??? only meeee

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