A branch of The Mobility Store is to be the new base of Marlborough’s Shopmobility service after the dealer’s owner, Willie McIvor, agreed to provide space for it.
The Shopmobility service will loan mobility equipment including scooters and wheelchairs to service users for an annual fee of £15 and a daily hire charge.
Mr McIvor agreed a deal with the Town Council and Area Board to provide space for mobility equipment and a small office from where the scheme will be run by volunteers.
A grant of more than £8,000 has been provided by the Area Board to fund mobility scooters, other equipment and general set-up costs.
Mr McIvor told a local newspaper that the scheme was suggested to him by Wiltshire Councillor Jemima Milton. At the time, The Mobility Store had occupied part of a local pharmacy meaning space was restricted.
But the Shopmobility scheme could be revived when The Mobility Store relocated to its current premises.
Mr McIvor intends to advertise the scheme on all Mobility Store advertisements and it will appear on Shopmobility leaflets.
Mr McIvor’s business is donating a powerchair and told Marlborough News Online: “It’s a good idea. There will, of course, be spin-off from people seeing the mobility equipment in our shop.”
The council hope that basing the scheme at the mobility retailer will mean constant expertise on hand and space for training.
As part of the process, members of the new scheme visited Salisbury’s Shopmobility service which has a fleet of 30 mobility scooters and Mr McIvor described as a “massive operation”.
In April The Mobility Store moved its engineering facility to a larger building in order to meet increased demand.
The new 2,500 square foot unit in Wroughton is expected to triple the dealer’s engineering capacity and help it to improve the business’s efficiency and customer service it can offer.