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Congleton Partnership Minibus Launch

Congleton Partnership launches a New Community Minibus for Congleton

Life has just been made a little easier for Congleton groups in need of transport thanks to a brand new 15-seater Community Minibus which has been given to Congleton Partnership by the Department of Transport.

Members of the Congleton Partnership and New Life Church witnessed the official launch and handover of the new minibus at a ceremony at New Life Church on Wednesday 15th March.

Congleton Partnership will take on responsibility for this new minibus as well as continuing to manage the 8 seater mini-bus which was donated by Cheshire East Council in 2014.

Chairman of Congleton Partnership, Steve Foster, said:  “Congleton Partnership is delighted to be one of 300 local charities and communities across England to receive a new minibus from the Department of Transport’s Community Transport Mini Bus Fund. This is a great asset for Congleton and will make life easier for groups and organisations struggling with transport. We are grateful to Glen Williams for applying for the bus on our behalf and to New Life Church for agreeing to provide parking for the bus and managing the booking process.”

Any group linked to the Congleton Partnership is able to book the bus. Membership can be through association with sub-groups such as Congleton Youth Forum, Congleton Senior Forum, Congleton Creative, Congleton Sustainability Group or the Executive.

The bus costs £20 per event or day to hire plus 40p per mile. Groups using the bus need to provide their own driver. To comply with the insurance drivers must be aged 30 or over with no more than 3 points on their licence. Congleton Partnership is also looking to build a pool of volunteer drivers that can assist groups that wish to hire the mini bus but don’t have access to their own driver.

For more information about the minibus or to volunteer to be driver contact the Congleton Partnership Officer, Mike Smith, on 01260 270350 ext 7.

Click here to see the video of the launch.