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News - 8 December 2003

Better Mobility for Brighton’s Shoppers

STANDARD Life, Brighton & Hove City Council and Community Transport (Brighton Hove & Area) have announced the imminent arrival of the city's first Shopmobility Scheme.

The last remaining obstacle to providing the service was overcome when Community Transport made a successful application to the council for funding. This will enable Shopmobility to open for three days a week for two years.

Based in Churchill Square Shopping Centre, Shopmobility will provide a range of mobility equipment, available for loan, to those affected by restricted mobility. For many older and disabled people, the scheme will provide the means for them to access city centre shops, the seafront and other places of interest in the city centre. The scheme will also provide a range of volunteer opportunities for shop workers and escorts.

"Disabled and older people have needed a Shopmobility service for years and it's great that the council has provided Community Transport with the funds to get the scheme up and running," said Valerie Richards from the Federation of Disabled People.

"Without suitable mobility equipment much of the city centre, including Churchill Square and the seafront, is simply inaccessible for those with mobility difficulties," she said.


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