Emsworth transport scheme under threat

AN important community transport scheme in Emsworth is fighting for more recognition to ensure its survival.

Ems Valley Community Transport which provides low-cost transport for its members for hospital visits, and doctor’s appointments, has suffered funding cuts and is in need of more drivers to help it keep going.

The organisation which is 15 years old, is run by volunteers for people who are unable to use public transport because of a disability.

Chairman Heather Evans said it was in need of younger volunteers, and someone who could help computerise its paper records as it has been given a grant for computer equipment.

The group has in recent years had to pay for CRB checks on its drivers, deal with rises in petrol prices, produce health and safety policies and struggle to gain funding for its running costs.

The organisation covers the areas of Chidham, Emsworth, Forestside, Hambrook, Nutbourne, Southbourne, and Westbourne.

Before you can book a trip you have to become a member by paying a one-off £10 joining fee.

To arrange a home visit call 01243 375412.