New Minibus for Lewes

Lewes District Council has awarded nearly £70,000 of Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Funding to a community transport charity to pay for a new minibus.

Councillor Adrian Ross, chair of Lewes District Council, visited the CTLA charity at its Newhaven base to see the new minibus and find out more about its work.

He said: “CTLA provides a fantastic transport service for local people who don’t have access to private vehicles and find it difficult to use public transport.

“I’m delighted we have been able to support this award-winning charity through CIL funding as it is reliant on money from the public or through grants such as this to continue operating.”

CIL is a charge that councils can make on new developments in their area to raise money towards local projects.

Gina Bickerstaff, CTLA fundraising manager, said: “CTLA are extremely grateful for the CIL funding that assisted with the purchase of the new vehicle. It is funds like this that allow our frontline services to continue to assist the local community and afar. Our Dial-A-Ride services provide essential travel to many individuals and assist in the fight against social isolation and to reduce loneliness.

“We provide transport for many schools, transporting young people to enjoy and fulfil their daily routine. CTLA are proud to support those who are in need of our vital assistance especially at this current time.

“By providing an essential shopping and prescription collection service, should anyone require assistance, please do contact CTLA and one of our customer service advisors who will be happy to help. The charity sector has suffered a huge loss from the impact of Covid-19 as many of our fundraising streams have been dissolved.

“Donations are always gratefully received to assist the charity – please see our media channels for ways in which to give your support.”

CIL funding is shared between strategic, local and community initiatives. To date, in Lewes district £2.4 million has been allocated to strategic projects, £420,000 to local projects and £190,000 to community projects.

For further information on CIL and whether you may be eligible to apply for funds, please contact CIL.Lewes@lewes-eastbourne.gov.uk