Malvern car-sharing club receives £100,000 council boost to reduce carbon

A POPULAR car-sharing scheme has received a financial boost of over £100,000 from Malvern Hills District Council.

The Malvern Hills Community Car Club is a voluntary organization that provides access to paid vehicles.

The program aims to improve transport accessibility for people in rural areas as well as helping households reduce their carbon footprint by not owning a car and being more car-friendly.

There are already clubs in Malvern, Bransford, Colwall, Ledbury, Leominster, Fownhope and Kington.

The council has provided £101,995 of its Priority Commitment to Community Transport and is calling on communities to get involved.

This funding will be used to set up four “satellite hubs” to help facilitate clubs, with the small town and larger villages of Tenbury, Upton and Kempsey being specifically targeted.

In addition to this, the money will finance the setting up of an online reservation system, as well as the upgrading of three community cars to electric vehicles.

Robin Coates, co-founder of Malvern Hills Community Car Club, said: “Our volunteer-run car-sharing club started in 2009 and has now grown to 25 vehicles used by 188 households.

“To be able to provide this service to remote towns and villages in the Malvern area, we need to find local residents interested in joining us to help with some of the local tasks in their area.

“We provide the car, the insurance, the maintenance and all the booking and billing systems.

“Members pay an hourly and mileage rate when using a car.

“No more unexpected nasty bills and car ownership costs when you’re not using it.”

Cllr Sarah Rouse, portfolio holder for the environment at Malvern Hills District Council, said: ‘The Malvern Hills Community Car Club is a great opportunity to save money on travel costs and help people other members of your community.

“With more people working from home, being a member of a car club means you can reduce the cost of having a second car.

“Borrow one when you need it. Plus, with fewer cars on the road, it will help reduce carbon emissions in the district.”

Visit malvernhills-carclubs.org.uk to find out more