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Falmouth councillors vote to refuse car club cash
8:00am Saturday 2nd November 2013 in Cornwall
FALMOUTH councillors have voted against investing thousands of pounds into the creation of a new Car Club to serve the town, claiming money is currently too tight to consider such a request.
Transition Falmouth is working with Cornwall Council on establishing a Car Club for Falmouth and Truro and has previously received general |support from the town council over their plans.
Last week, however, the town’s finance committee was faced with a request for funding with two options on the table. The first was for £20,000 to pay for a Car Club officer who would be responsible for finding the £85,000 needed to cover operational costs for three years.
The second proposal involved a request for £10,000 from the town council to enable Transition Falmouth to look at funding options to enable a Car Club to be created. Transition Falmouth would then work with CarPlus and the town council to write a business plan and budget.
Neither option, though, found immediate favour with town councillors. Patricia Minson said: “I think it’s too much money at this time, all the |figures they are quoting are too high.”
Committee chair, Candy Atherton, added: “I do think it will help people who have no access to a car, but at the moment people don’t even have access to a bus.”
Councillor Rowenna Brock said: “It is a lot of money at the moment and it doesn’t seem it would provide anything |particularly concrete.
“It’s a lot of money that could end up being nothing for Falmouth, I’m not sure it’s right for us.”
Councillor Brod Ross agreed. “I have known quite a high failure of these things. I remain very wary of Car Clubs.”
Councillor Diana Merrett also had concerns over such a scheme. “I have not been keen on this right from the outset,” she said. “Why would a member of the public want to walk from Boslowick to a car park in town to hire one of these cars and then come back and put the car back and walk on back to Boslowick? It doesn’t make sense to me.”
The committee voted to |recommend the town council does not accede to either request, but instead ask Transition Falmouth to come back with a more viable proposal.
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