Off-road scooters plan for Derbyshire

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FUNDING has been made available by Derbyshire County Council for a mobile Changing Places toilet and five off-road scooters.

A total of £38,244 will be spent on the scooters – trampers as they are known – meaning there is now ten of them owned by the county council.

Trampers can be hired for a small fee from countryside sites such as Shipley Country Park and Elvaston Castle and have proved a huge success.

The mobile Changing Places toilet will cost £35,000 and can be used around the county at events.

Funding for both has come from an Aiming High for Disabled Children grant.

Derbyshire County Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport, Councillor Simon Spencer, said: “We believe these two things will make a real difference to many people across Derbyshire.

“We’ve had lots of letters from people saying what a fantastic experience they’ve already had using trampers and how they’ve helped open up the countryside for them.

“These extra five will make it even easier for people to use them.

“Changing Places toilets allow people with complex and multiple disabilities to enjoy community life and days out with family and friends in the same way as everyone else.

“The mobile unit will be used at lots of local events organised by the county council and other organisations.”

There are currently five trampers available to hire from Middleton Top, Shipley Country Park (two), Tapton Lock and Elvaston Castle Country Park.

The additional five will be held at Creswell Crags, High Peak Junction, near Cromford, Elvaston Castle Country Park and Shipley County Park, Heanor.

Another will be managed by the Arkwright Society at Cromford Mills.

Mobility trampers are maintained by the county council.

A small charge is made for each use or an annual fee of £15 can be paid for unlimited use.

They’re suitable for ages 14 and over and are a great way for some disabled people and older people to see the countryside.