HART (Holderness Area Rural Transport), based in Hornsea, is celebrating the award of a grant from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development through the Coast Wolds Wetlands and Waterways (CWWW) LEADER Programme to allow them to offer some of their transport services with a new electric vehicle.
Stacey Middlewood, rural programmes delivery co-ordinator, said: “The CWWW LEADER is thrilled to support the Electric Community Transport project delivered by HART, as it will have a huge impact upon the lives of local individuals as well as using environmentally friendly electric vehicles. Projects supported by LEADER are far ranging and this is an exemplary project that will support many local people far into the future. We hope it will be a catalyst to encouraging the use of more electric vehicles in remote rural areas.”
Cllr. Jane Evison, Chair of H.A.RT. ,added: “We are constantly looking for new ways to deliver our important Community Transport service & meet the needs of as many people as possible. The new electric car is something very different for us & we are so pleased to be able to address environmental issues whilst providing a service. Our thanks to Leader funding for making it possible.”
The Coast Wolds Wetlands and Waterways (CWWW) LEADER Programme offers grants between £2,500 and £100,000 to projects that contribute to the rural economy and create jobs. Support is specifically targeted at increasing Farm Productivity; Micro & Small Business (non-agricultural) & Farm Diversification; Rural Tourism; Provision of Rural Services; Cultural and Heritage Activity; Increasing Forestry Productivity.
Holderness Area Rural Transport is the project name of North Holderness Community Transport. Five rural villages came together in 2003 to tackle transport need in Holderness. With a grant from the Countryside Agency the first vehicle was purchased to operate transport to health care facilities.
Today the charity has nine accessible vehicles covering the East Riding of Yorkshire coast from Bempton to Spurn including the market towns of Driffield, Hedon, Withernsea and Hornsea.
Caroline Wegrzyn, business manager at HART, said : “Using an electric vehicle to deliver shorter journeys connecting rural villages for individual journeys is much more cost effective and kinder on the environment. The vehicle is proving very popular with our passengers and volunteers.”
East Riding of Yorkshire Council