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Community group gives Car Club update

Transition Scilly has given an update on the status of its proposed car share scheme.

The environmental group has joined with a mainland based car club called Co-cars to offer residents the use of an electric pickup truck on St Mary's for £5 an hour.

Former Councillor Andrew Combes, who runs the Camera Obscura at Buzza Tower, said the web page is now up and taking registrations at Sign-up numbers are "gently building".

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He explained: "As this project is not reliant on continuing grant funding to fund the day-to-day operation the site does ask for a commitment in the form of the annual £25 membership fee, but please do be reassured this will only be taken once we have the car club up and running.

"As with all projects the start-up cost of acquiring the vehicle is the killer. The good news is that we have a number of options that we are currently working through. The preferred option would be to work with Smart Islands as this project shows a practical community-based use of electric vehicles. We also show innovation in terms of retrofitting smart technology to existing utility vehicles. Failing that, we are looking to a lease deal.

"We don’t need anything big, fancy or fast. This means that we can go for a vehicle that is super easy to maintain - think golf buggy rather than Tesla, so even with the closure of Nike Engineering we would still be able to keep the vehicle on the road.

"So if you are fed up with the costs of running a private car just for the occasional tip run or you don’t have a vehicle and want to upgrade from a wheelbarrow (as is my case!) then do take a look at the Co-cars link and put you name down. "


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