Outcome of Community Transport Petition - 13 September 2016
Lichfield District Council has undertaken a comprehensive review of its community transport service, one of very few still delivered directly by local councils across the country.
The review has taken several months to complete and has included a consultation with the users of the service. Whilst acknowledging that the service is valued by its customers, there is not a high local demand and there are other local organisations who provide a similar service.
The proposal to stop the service has been made having regard to a range of factors including the demand, the age and condition of the vehicles (two of which need replacing) and the availability of alternatives. Download the full report.
The petition expresses concern that the cessation of the council’s community transport service will adversely affect the lives of older people in Lichfield including their socialisation and overall health and wellbeing. However, the Council has made it clear that it will take steps to mitigate the cessation of the service and will help the main user groups to find an alternative transport provider.
The Council’s Cabinet (which met on 6 September 2106, the day the petition was received) and the Community, Housing and Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee (which met on 12 September 2016) have both endorsed the findings of the report.
The Cabinet Member and relevant directors reviewed the recommendation of the report at a meeting on 13 September 2016. They concluded that no factors have changed since the report was issued and therefore the decision of the Cabinet to stop the service will be upheld.
Our main priority will now be to work in partnership with Lichfield and District Live at Home Scheme (who submitted the petition) and other relevant groups to secure an alternative transport provider so that older people can continue to benefit from the services that these groups provide.