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Six Kent community groups to buy minibuses after Department for Transport cash injection

PUBLISHED: 22:30 06 April 2017

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14th Canterbury Scout Group, Commonwork Trust, Ramsgate and Broadstairs Unit 441 of The Sea Cadets, Sheppey Matters, Tonbridge Baptist Church and Woodpecker Wood CIC were successful

Six community groups in Kent have received a cash boost to buy new minibuses and help keep people on the move.

14th Canterbury Scout Group, Commonwork Trust in Edenbridge, Ramsgate and Broadstairs Unit 441 of The Sea Cadets, Sheppey Matters, Tonbridge Baptist Church and Woodpecker Wood CIC in Sandwich are among 40 disability, patient, children and school groups to get a new vehicle after winning a slice of £2m in the second round of the Department for Transport’s £25m Community Minibus Fund.

The minibuses, which will have up to 16 seats, will improve the lives of people in rural areas by providing crucial links to shops, social events and medical services.

Transport minister Andrew Jones said: “Community transport is vital for people in rural areas, helping them reach shops, hospital appointments, loved ones, friends, jobs and education.

“We have so far provided 300 minibuses in the first round of the £25m Community Minibus Fund and they are already improving the lives of people up and down the country.

“These six extra minibuses for Kent groups will give a further boost and make sure the public can access the places and services they want.”

The competition was run with the Community Transport Association (CTA), the membership organisation for community bus operators across the UK.

Bill Freeman, CTA chief executive, added: “These vehicles will make a massive difference to the people and communities they will serve, opening up access to educational and social activities, employment and vital public services.

“We are really pleased that this government has been prepared to invest in community transport in such a visible way and we’re already seeing the benefits of this from the first round of the Community Minibus Fund.”

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