Community Toolkit on challenging transport needs

THE Parish Transport Toolkit has been designed to help communities identify their local transport needs and to investigate how these might be met.

“Approximately one in six households in the East Riding doesn’t own a car or van. That’s around 25,200 households. In some rural areas this figure is higher. In South East Holderness over one in five of all households don’t own a car or van.

“Living in a rural place means that you may be several miles away from the services and facilities you need – like Doctor’s Surgeries, shops or a Jobcentre. So for a lot of people public and community transport services, or other alternatives such as taxis or lift-sharing, are the only ways to get to the places and things they need.” – Parish Transport Toolkit

The East Riding of Yorkshire Council produced the Parish Transport Toolkit in October 2013 to help people meet the challenges of living in more rural areas, including getting to and from their place of work. These challenges are of course much greater if you do not have access to a car.

The council is holding an information event on the Parish Transport Toolkit at the Alexandra Hall, Hedon on Thursday 6th March 2014 from 12:30pm – 3:30pm.

There will be a chance to find out more about the toolkit and how it could help your community as well as a workshop which will give you an opportunity to test the toolkit on a rural transport problem.

Any community group or organisation can use the toolkit, and support is also available from East Riding of Yorkshire Council. Using the guide helps to identify and implement transport solutions that best fit the community that people live and work in.

The chairs or representatives from each of the 17 local parish councils (within a 6 mile radius of Hedon) are invited and an invite is issued to community groups in the area. The event will explain how the Toolkit might be used in each area.

At the information event, a light lunch with refreshments will be available from 12.30pm, with the presentations and workshops commencing at 1.15pm. The event will close at 3.30pm.

To book a place at this FREE event contact Helen Reynolds from the Council’s Rural Policy and Partnership Team at email or on 01482 391691.

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