No decision yet over Portsmouth Dial-a-Ride funding

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NO final decision has been made over how much cash could be provided to help save Portsmouth’s Dial-a-Ride service.

Fears were raised that the council would only give a not-for-profit organisation £20,000 towards keeping it going and that it would not be enough.

But the authority has hit back saying nothing has been finalised yet.

It comes after it agreed to take away the £117,000 it gives Pete’s Airlink each year to run Dial-a-Ride, which picks up vulnerable residents from their homes.

Councillor Ken Ellcome, Tory cabinet member for traffic and transport, said: ‘I’d like to reassure everyone that no decision has been made on what funding might be given to support a voluntary organisation running Dial-a-Ride.

‘Figures have been reported but these are inaccurate as nothing has been finalised.

‘We’re in the early stages of supporting interested parties putting together business plans and once that has been done they can apply for the amount of funding they feel they need.’

A meeting was to be held today to see if Dial-a-Ride could be operated from the offices of the Beneficial Foundation in Fratton in future.