COUNCIL bosses could soon be asking people living in and around Ashbourne what they think about county council-run community transport services.
The authority wants to find out whether the transport currently on offer meets residents’ needs and how it can be improved.
Seven community transport schemes and six volunteer centres in the county provide a range of journeys for people who are unable to use conventional public transport because services are limited or because of age or disability.
The services run door-to-door, wheelchair-accessible minibuses, many with passenger assistants, and cars driven by volunteers for people to get to essential services such as the shops and healthcare appointments.
Councillor Andy Botham, deputy cabinet member for jobs, economy and transport, said: “Community transport plays a vital role in Derbyshire in helping people who would otherwise find it difficult to get out and about keep on the move and so retain their independence.
“These services also make an important contribution to supporting employment in Derbyshire.
“They provide jobs for drivers and passenger assistants, as well as providing volunteering opportunities and help for people with poor travel options who would otherwise find a lack of transport a barrier to work.”
Cabinet members are being asked this week to give the go-ahead for the consultation and a survey could follow in October.