Partnership provides a new community transport service for Dinas Powys
15 October 2015
Travel to the new medical centre in Dinas Powys will be much easier for local residents as a result of a forward- thinking partnership between the Vale of Glamorgan Council and Dinas Powys Voluntary Concern.
The Vale of Glamorgan Council has just announced that a brand new Volkswagen Caddy vehicle will arrive in December 2015 ready to transport Dinas Powys residents to and from the new medical centre at the top of Murch Road, when it opens in 2016.
The Vale of Glamorgan Council, Dinas Powys Voluntary Concern (DPVC) and Dinas Powys Medical Practice have worked together over the past few months to look at options for suitable transport assistance to and from the newly built medical centre.
As part of the new partnership arrangement the Vale Council will purchase the new vehicle, through money received from the development, and the cost of running the vehicle will be split between the Council and DPVC.
When the medical centre moves to its new site in 2016, the vehicle will be available to transport residents of Dinas Powys every morning (Monday to Friday) to attend pre-booked appointments. Details on how to book will be made available early in 2016. The vehicle will then be available to Greenlinks members in the afternoons.
Cllr Lis Burnett, Cabinet member for Regeneration with the Council, said “I am pleased that we have been able to work with in partnership with a local voluntary organisation and make provision for a much needed transport link that will benefit residents in Dinas Powys. This opportunity also makes the Council’s own community transport scheme, Greenlinks, more accessible to residents in the eastern Vale”.
John Fanshaw, Chairman of DPVC, said: “This scheme arose from concerns expressed by Dinas Powys residents regarding access to the new medical centre. It is an excellent example of the way in which a locally based charity with close links with the community can and should work with statutory organisations such as the Vale of Glamorgan Council to meet local needs.
Carol Bates, Practice Manager at Dinas Powys Medical Centre, said: “Dinas Powys medical centre are delighted that the Vale of Glamorgan Council have used development monies to provide a brand new adapted vehicle, to help transport patients to our new state of the art facility. The practice has excellent links with Dinas Powys Voluntary Concern and we look forward to this continuing.”
DPVC is a registered charity that provides a support service to individuals, groups and other voluntary organisations. The primary purpose of DPVC is to seek to improve the quality of life for the elderly, for people with disabilities and for those otherwise disadvantaged and living in the Community. One element of the service is the provision of community transport. For more information please contact 029 2051 3700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Greenlinks is a community transport scheme, established in 2010 with the aim of providing accessible transportation for residents living in the Vale of Glamorgan who do not have easy access to public transport. For more information on how to become a Greenlinks member, call the freephone number 0800 2941113 or visit www.valeofgalmorgan.gov.uk/greenlinks