Viability of car club is examined by community trust

Derek Russell

Derek Russell

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Berwick Community Trust is exploring whether a car club would be viable in Berwick.

Car ownership has always been popular but Derek Russell of Berwick Community Trust believes this convention is changing.

“People are asking themselves ‘how often do I actually need my car?’ A few hours at the weekend, a weekly shop one evening, pick the kids up from school. Yet people continue to pay thousands of pounds a year running and maintaining their vehicles to just sit dormant on the driveway,” he said.

“A car club offers you the convenience of being able to use a clean, modern and reliable vehicle without having to worry about tax, insurance, parking permits, servicing or repairs.

“Cars are easily reserved. You pick up and return the car to its own local parking space. You can use a car for as little as 30 minutes or but more typically a few hours or days.

“Our priority would be for the charges to reflect the running costs, not to make a profit.”

If you are interested please complete the survey on the Trust’s website or Facebook page or collect a paper copy from the William Elder Building on Castlegate.

Meanwhile, a project helping residents who struggle to access work because of transport issues is working well.

Northumberland County Council’s Wheels 2 Work scheme loans an automatic scooter to enable people to get to work for a small monthly rental fee.

Project manager David Traish said: “We have several scooters out on loan in the Berwick and Coldstream areas at the moment because the scheme is to help people who live and work in Northumberland.”

For more details contact David Traish or Kay Davis on 01670 620136 or email w2w@northumberland.gov.uk

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