Over thirty representatives from councils, charities, action groups and service user groups met at the Hillcrest Centre, Newhaven on Friday January 29th to form a ‘Working Together’ initiative based around Community Transport (CT).
The theme of the meeting was ‘Working Together To Find Transport Solutions For Our Local Communities’.
The meeting was convened by Community Transport charity, CTLA, after Lewes District Councillor, Stephen Gauntlett, gained cross-party unanimous agreement from LDC and support from East Sussex County Council.
The opening address was given by Lewes MP, Maria Caulfield, who praised the initiative and said Community Transport in the district was a ‘life-line’ for many of her constituents and contributed to overcoming social isolation and loneliness and improving health and wellbeing.
The overwhelming feedback from the first meeting was that attendees felt their understanding of Community Transport had increased considerably and the opportunity to network and consider methods of funding transport was vital.
Two out of three attendees felt that there were current gaps in transport in their local areas.
Areas identified were; patient transport, evening and weekend services, communication regarding services available in the District, transport options for young people, volunteer driver schemes and CT using more ‘green’ or electric vehicles.
A follow up meeting will take place on Friday 24th June 2016 and anyone wishing to take part should email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
A list of all Community Transport operators in East Sussex can be found at www.escto.org.uk and more information on the services that CTLA provides in the Lewes District can be found at www.ctla.org.uk