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Funding boost for rural shuttle bus

Our Local Projects Fund is helping a seasonal shuttle bus service serve rural communities in the Ashbourne area.

The Ilam Shuttle is back for a third season with an improved timetable that is proving popular with people in rural communities, as well as visitors.

The service, which has received a £250 grant from the District Council's Local Projects Fund, started on 2 July and runs four times a day – 10am, 2pm, 5.30pm and 7.30pm – from Monday to Saturday until October 30.

The hour-long round trip starts in Ashbourne and includes stops at Fenny Bentley, Ashbourne Heights Caravan Park, Tissington, Thorpe, Izaak Walton at Dovedale, Ilam, Blore Hall, Mappleton and back to Ashbourne, although people can flag down the service en route.

The cost one-way is £3 for adults and £1.50 for children and concessions. Gold Card holders can travel for free.

Iris Raile, Ashbourne Community Transport coordinator, said:

"We have started running the bus earlier and for longer than in previous years, giving tourists and local people a chance to spend a longer day, either in Ashbourne shopping and eating, or at tourist spots such as Dovedale or Ilam."

District Council Leader Councillor Lewis Rose OBE said:

"This is a relatively new initiative for us, where each district councillors is allocated £1,000 a year towards projects or initiatives in their wards that will benefit the local community.

"Applications to the Local Projects Fund can be made by local groups and individuals based within the Derbyshire Dales that can demonstrate community benefit - and we were delighted to help the seasonal shuttle that takes in some of our most picturesque villages.

"Groups and organisations can apply for funding both for one-off and minor capital projects and we encourage beneficiaries to include vulnerable children or adults, young people, older people, community facilities, parish councils, local environment projects and innovative events promoting community spirit or bringing economic benefit to the area.

"Applicants must be based in the Derbyshire Dales and demonstrate that their project will have a positive effect on people in their local community."

  • The minimum grant payable is £100 up to a maximum of £1,000, and more information including an online application form and details of terms & conditions of the fund can be found at Local Projects Fund

The Ashbourne shuttle bus, pictured here stopping off at Tissington

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