We are delighted to report that the Howton Solar Farm Fund, which is administered by the Cornwall Community Foundation, has agreed to support Community Enterprises PL12’s community transport service.
This funding will enable us to continue to offer a direct and reliable community transport service to the Derriford Hospital site, with convenient pick up and drop off points in Saltash. Check out our current times and prices here.
Peter Thistlethwaite, Chair of Community Enterprises PL12 recently made a visit to Derriford Hospital and chose to use our Hopper service.
He said: “I can easily walk to Fore Street from home, and felt it was the “green” option to take the bus instead of the car, also saving me parking fees, fuel, bridge toll, and wear and tear. The service cost £4 and was very convenient. I was dropped off close to the hospital main entrance after a very quick journey, despite the major roadworks nearby.
“The drivers were friendly, attentive and helpful. On the way back at 2.15pm, I spoke to two Saltash residents on the Hopper, Natalie and Alison, who had travelled out at 11 o’clock to see their mother in hospital. It was interesting that they had used the service for similar reasons to mine, and had had a couple of hours at their mum’s bedside. The service had worked well for the family, and they were planning to do it again the next day.”
The Department of Transport Community Minibus Fund awarded Saltash Community Interest Company a new minibus in order to develop this service.
Saltash Town Council administer Section 106 funding within the Saltash area. Section 106 funding has been used to support the trial Saltash to Derriford community transport service. Under Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 contributions can be sought from developers towards the costs of providing community and social infrastructure, the need for which has arisen as a result of a new development taking place. This funding is commonly known as ‘Section 106’.
The Howton Solar Farm Fund, which is administered by the Cornwall Community Foundation, supported this service with its initial set up costs. If it wasn’t for this initial support, the project would still be in its early stages. The Cornwall Community Foundation helps to build stronger communities by encouraging local giving. All the money they raise stays in Cornwall to support volunteer-led, grassroots community groups across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.