Councillors to discuss plan to transfer Lichfield Shopmobility service to a private provider

A plan to switch the Shopmobility service to a private provider could be finalised at a meeting of Lichfield District Council.

The local authority has been assessing the future of the facility once its current home disappears as part of the Friarsgate redevelopment.

A review had considered a range of options, including closure.

But a report from the leisure, parks and waste management overview and scrutiny committee to Lichfield District Council’s meeting this evening (November 13) will hear how Easy Living Mobility had shown an interest in taking over responsibility for Shopmobility in the city.

“The committee considered that this represented the best option and recommended to the Cabinet that the council’s Shopmobility assets be transferred to Easy Living on the basis that they continue to provide a service for a minimum of three years at a hire charge not exceeding £5 per visit during this period.

“It was suggested that the long-term viability of the scheme could be something that the committee revisits in the future.”

Easy Living Mobility currently operates a number of shops in the Midlands, including one in Lichfield’s City Arcade.

The deal would see the nine mobility scooters, four push wheelchairs and a powered wheelchair transferred to the private company.

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1 Comment

  1. Keith Willis-Croft

    13th December, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    Typical Tory practice,
    Privatise everything.

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