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Communities urged to ‘Get Going’

Communities in Northumberland have a chance to access better local community transport through the latest round of a sustainable community transport fund.

The Get Going Fund is open to community and voluntary sector organisations, parish and town councils working in partnership with Northumberland’s community transport or taxi operators to pilot new and sustainable ways of providing transport for local communities.

Northumberland County Council is providing £150,000 of central government funding for community transport through Rounds 8 and 9 of the fund intended to boost community transport and the communities they serve across the county.

‘Get Going’ could assist communities, for example, where the existing public transport is not physically accessible, does not operate to the desired destination or at suitable times, or on the right days.

The fund can pay for such costs as setting up a travel club to organise group travel for local travel needs, providing volunteer training and help to pilot a local community bus service.

Other items will be considered where they help to increase the longer term sustainability of community transport services.

Councillor Ian Swithenbank, policy board member for streetcare and environment said: “We are really pleased that central government has given this funding and we are confident that it will be spent for the best benefit for the people of Northumberland. We would encourage Northumberland communities to see how they can apply and use the funding in their areas.”

Previous rounds of the Get Going are currently supporting a range of community transport initiatives across the county, including funding projects which help older people, those in rural areas and those without transport available to access community transport.

The next closing dates for Get Going applications are Friday 25 April for round 8 or Friday 6 June for round 9.

For an informal discussion contact Jan Chisholm, Community Transport officer, phone 01670 624087 or email jan.chisholm@northumberland.gov.uk

For an application form contact Declan Langan, phone 01670 624748, email: Declan.langan@northumberland.gov.uk

 

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