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Community Windpower bolsters Annandale Community Transport group

Annandale Transport

Annandale Community Transport Services (ACTS) was established in 1999 and operates in Annandale and Eskdale in south west Scotland, providing needs-specific transport that assists people with disabilities and elderly people to attend appointments or make family visits.

Using Scottish Government and Dumfries and Galloway Council funding, and other charitable donations, ACTS have built a strong fleet of four sixteen-seat minibuses and four community cars which are suitable to provide for a multitude of accessible needs and requirements. These vehicles are checked and cleaned regularly, ensuring they are perfectly safe and suitable.

The ACTS community cars can be used for family visits, shopping trips, and medical appointments, and are suitable for those who are fully mobile or those who use a wheelchair. Aside from providing needs-specific transport, ACTS also provides minibus hires for registered community groups, and a Travel Club providing day trips departing from Moffat, Lockerbie, Annan and Langholm reaching locations such as Durham, Penrith, Edinburgh, and Kielder. These trips provide a chance for people to visit popular shopping destinations, Christmas markets, and historic heritage locations.

Community Windpower are the developers of Scoop Hill Community Wind Farm in Dumfries and Galloway, which is currently at the planning stage. As an organisation that is committed to providing tangible community benefits in the host communities of our wind farms, CWL is delighted to support ACTS with a donation of £1,125 to provide clothing for their volunteers, ID cards, and a new printer for their office in Lockerbie.

The items will be purchased using this £1,125 donation, alongside a £1,000 grant from Cunninghame Housing Association. The clothing for the volunteers is being purchased from another local company, Rostrum Sportswear Ltd, which is based in Lochmaben. Rebecca Elliott, Senior Project Manager for Scoop Hill Community Wind Farm, said: “Supporting local business and local traders has been a tenet of our business since the very beginning, and it will remain that way as Scoop Hill progresses through the planning, construction, and operation stages.”

Janet Saunders, Manager and Company Secretary at ACTS, said: “We are delighted to have received this funding. It is so important to our organisation to have this support so we can continue to provide our invaluable services to the local community.”

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