Transport group educates council on its work

THE treasurer for a transport group has criticised North Somerset Council for not knowing about the work it carries out.

THE treasurer for a transport group has criticised North Somerset Council for not knowing about the work it carries out.

Vic Ryland, of Weston and District Community Transport Group, spoke at a meeting of the unitary authority on Tuesday to ask for financial backing.

He referred to several frustrating incidents when trying to communicate with the authority about the possibility of gaining funding for the group's work.

He said: "The most staggering episode happened in December when the managers for the scheme were contacted by our liaison officer at the council to be asked 'exactly what is it that you do? The directors are asking.'"


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The organisation is an amalgamation of Weston Dial-a-Ride and Weston and District Community Transport group, which merged in November last year following advice from a council officer.

It provides a minibus service for those unable to use public transport, such as the disabled or elderly.

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However, it has been warned that North Somerset Council may not be able to provide as much funding as previously hoped.

Mr Ryland said by providing the group with financial support they could add value to the council's plans for coping with an ever-growing ageing population.

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