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Saturday, 09 September 2017 13:51

altCommunity Partnership Uppingham First met this week to consider the future of the Uppingham Hopper following a government threat to many community transport organisations around the UK and a fund raising initiative that has produced donations and promises greater than the first two years of repayments required on a proposed five year loan to be offered by Rutland County Council for a replacement Uppingham Hopper.

A group of UK transport companies have lodged an objection with the EU about unfair competition from charitable community transport groups who bid for public sector contracts.  It is possible that some Section 19 permits may be withdrawn. The government is minded to have a review. This may have implications for charitable transport groups. 

Members of the Community Transport Association, which includes Uppingham First are being asked to support a pro community transport campaign.

The decision on the Hopper?  A big yes! Directors were impressed with the level of support promised, or already given, by the very elderly in the town. It is was therefore agreed to continue fundraising and introduce a new Hopper service very early in 2018.    

   

 

 
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