Exmouth ring-and-ride secures cash grant

A transport lifeline which serves the Exmouth area has been handed a cash grant by Budleigh Salterton Town Council.

A charity lifeline which helps scores of people in Budleigh Salterton and surrounding areas has been given a cash boost.

Budleigh Salterton Town Council on Monday agreed to hand a �1,250 grant to the Exmouth and District Community Transport Group.

In 2010, the town council awarded the charity �1,000.

This year’s increase was to reflect increasing fuel prices, the council said.

Jill Elson, Exmouth and District Community Transport Group chairman, said the ring-and-ride service prevented people from across East Devon from becoming isolated in their own homes.

Miss Elson said: “Another difficult financial year has passed and we will have to dip into our reserves by a minimum of �2,500 to ensure we continue.

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“We send out approximately five applications per week to charitable trusts for funding, but they always take time to be processed if they feel they can help.”