End of the road for Streetsafe bus?

Weston's popular Streetsafe bus could be under threat because of a lack of funding. The big orange bus, which is parked at Big Lamp Corner on Friday and Saturday nights, has become a safe haven for late night revellers who are injured, unwell or simply ne

Weston's popular Streetsafe bus could be under threat because of a lack of funding.The big orange bus, which is parked at Big Lamp Corner on Friday and Saturday nights, has become a safe haven for late night revellers who are injured, unwell or simply need a word of advice.A report into the running of the bus by two North Somerset councillors has recommended it continue running for another year, but has also highlighted serious funding concerns.The councillors, Ian Baker and Colin Golland, have recommended marketing the scheme to private companies to try to get more cash.Currently the North Somerset Crime & Drugs Partnership and Weston Town Council fund the scheme. Previously, Government grants and private donations financed the project. The report recommends asking these sources again as well as trying to get private companies involved.Over the past year the bus has recorded helping 167 people, but because not every person is recorded this number is expected to be a fraction of the true figure.It is staffed by a team of volunteers including a driver, two St John Ambulance members and one person from the Great Western Ambulance Service.Last year it operated on pay day weekends throughout the year and every weekend in July, August and December.The report will be discussed at a meeting of the council's health panel today (Wednesday).


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