Backlash after council cuts mobility scooter rental scheme

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Local residents have lashed out at Gravesham council after spending cuts caused it to cancel its mobility scooter rental scheme.

The council formerly offered scooters to less-abled people and a maintenance service to fix residents’ broken products.

Since its funding squeeze however, it has cancelled these services, leaving the door open to mobility firms to provide their own services.

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A spokesman for Gravesham council told Kent Online in a report: “The number of users of the scooter scheme has reduced significantly in recent years, and since January this year it has only been used by two people.”

In response to one resident who complained about her scooter not being fixed by the council, the spokesperson said: “The scooter has recently developed a fault and is currently out of use. We recognise that this service was valued by those that used it, but at present it is not viable to get it fixed and put resources in place for it to be reinstated.

“However, we are currently in discussion with local partners to see whether others are better placed to develop a scheme.”

Gravesham has been criticised by local access campaigners who claim that there are already “problems with accessibility” into shops.

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