(In accordance with the Members’ Code of Conduct, Councillor Forster declared a non-pecuniary interest in this item, arising from his role as a Council representative on the Group. The interest was such that speaking was permissible.)
The Executive received an application from Woking ShopMobility to continue its service of enabling barrier-free access to shopping and business facilities in Woking by providing self-driven motorised equipment or manual wheelchairs.
Councillor Forster asked whether the Council had conducted an assessment on equality and accessibility, noting that the Group had slightly increased its charges for its services, and asked whether the same approach should be taken as for the Town Centre Buggy. Councillor Ashall advised that Equality Assessments for applications were undertaken by the Council’s Senior Equalities Officer and were attached to the covering report as appendix 5. No reduction in funding had been proposed for the Town Centre Buggy as Woking Community Transport had requested a reduced grant for the Bustler service of circa £30,000 in comparison with the previous year.
Reason: To ensure the continued services of the Group for Woking residents.