Private provider could take over Lichfield’s shopmobility service

Lichfield’s shopmobility service could be taken over by a private operator.

The Friarsgate redevelopment project will see the loss of the facility’s current home at the city’s bus station, prompting a wider review of its future.

Among the options being considered was the complete closure of shopmobility.

But a report to a meeting of Lichfield District Council’s overview and scrutiny committee revealed Easy Living Mobility, based in City Arcade, had indicated to the local authority that it could take on the service going forward.

The report said: “The discussion was very positive and it was noted that Easy Living Mobility have several mobility shops in the Midlands area.

“They offer a very limited shopmobility scooter hire service to their existing customers in Lichfield, based on a daily hire charge of £5 per visit.

“Easy Living Mobility would be keen to expand their existing shopmobility hire provision if the outcome of the council’s service review decided to no longer operate a shopmobility scheme directly.”

A number of options are now being considered by the council, including transferring the nine mobility scooters, one powered wheelchair and four push wheelchairs to the private provider for a peppercorn payment.

The meeting of the overview and scrutiny committee meeting will take place on Thursday (October 6).

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1 Comment

  1. AgitatorofPeople

    5th October, 2016 at 10:12 am

    Council “We can’t be bothered with this, how do we offload our responsibility to disabled visitors to the City”

    Mobility shop owner “Give me all of your scooters and wheelchairs, I will corner the entire market in Lichfield”

    Council “That’s great, here have £10,000 worth of publicly funded equipment and just to make it look like we haven’t just dumped it all, we will charge you a peppercorn rent”

    And when the council turn the market square and adjoining streets into a pedestrian centre according to the new city tourism strategy, nobody disabled will be able to get to the shop in town to hire a scooter.

    Why do we keep voting these people in?