We are very grateful to have received a donation of £200 from Barbours & Sons. We greatly appreciate their support.
A huge thank you to everyone for your support - we have over 3,000 signatures on our petition to support funding for ATI. We have been awarded £20,000 from Area Committee however we still have a shortfall of £16,000 for 2017-18. We are working hard to source funding so we can continue to deliver high quality, affordable, accessible community transport in Annandale & Eskdale.
Due to increasing demand for individual transport in Moffat, we have moved a Renault Kangoo to join the 16 seater bus in the town. the Kangoo can accommodate a passenger travelling in a wheelchair and 2 other passengers.
We are delighted to have received funding from The Robertson Trust of £10,000 per year for 3 years (starting from 2016/17) towards our running costs. This support is very welcome and means that less funds need to be found from other sources to meet projected expenditure. We are very grateful to The Robertson Trust for this award and will use it continue provision of high quality, efficient, accessible, user friendly community transport in Annandale & Eskdale.
The Initiative is largely dependent on funding from Dumfries & Galloway Council to maintain its services. Our Area Committee has reduced the maximum sum available for 2017/18, from the £50,000 needed, to £20,000. The grant provided for 2016/17 leaves a shortfall of £16,000; in 2017/18 the anticipated shortfall could be as much as £36,000. This threatens the future of ATI. We would urge you to support the necessary funding for community transport services by Dumfries & Galloway Council in 2017/18 by signing the petition.
We are delighted that our new 16 seater minibus, a VW Crafter has now joined the fleet. Huge thanks to our funders, Annandale & Nithsdale Community Benefit Company (ANCBC), The Moffat Charitable Trust, Magnox Socio-Economic Scheme, the Morrisons Foundation and many of our members who made donations to complete the purchase.
Our users can now enjoy a modern, accessible, affordable, clean minibus for group travel and day trips.
Every year we ask our Members how we are doing - read their feedback here.
We have now placed an order for a 16 passenger seat VW Crafter minibus. This should be in place by the end of year. Meanwhile we will be reviewing the current fleet and prioritising which vehicle needs to be replaced next. We have already approached funders in Langholm to replace the minibus there and we hope to be able to have a larger bus in the town which will also be suitable for drivers who do not have the D1 licence entitlement for the heavier vehicles.
We have been absolutely thrilled with an award of £32,000 for minibus replacement from the Morrisons Foundation. Part of this funding will be used to enable us to complete the purchase of a replacement for the bus we had to take off the road in January. The remainder will be put towards the next vehicle purchase. We are delighted to have received such great support.