SCAD dial-a-ride scheme in parking spaces plea

Craven Herald: One of the SCAD minibuses One of the SCAD minibuses

Skipton and Craven Action for Disability is facing a dilemma.

It operates a Dial-A-Ride service to promote the welfare of people with disabilities. But its seven minibuses can’t cope with increased demand following the demise of the Little Red Bus .

Chief executive Roy Aldread said: “We are now between a rock and a hard place. It is becoming difficult to take on any more members because of the limited number of minibuses we have and the shortage of drivers and escorts. We have the demand but not the facility to expand.

“The charity needs to raise funds to invest in at least two more minibuses but suitable parking facilities for the minibuses seem non-existent.

“Four of our larger minibuses are parked on Petyt Grove adjacent to Newmarket Street where space is very limited, much to the annoyance of many of the residents and visitors to Dyneley House surgery. With the other three minibuses, the drivers have to take them home, which is not acceptable.”

The charity is appealing to locals to identify suitable secure parking.

SCAD would also like to hear from anyone who would be a volunteer driver or escort. Application forms are available from 01756 701005.

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