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Great Dawley Town Council Tool Hire Scheme with local partners

Date : 06/10/17                                                  Press Ref 20170610

 

Great Dawley Town Council Tool Hire Scheme with local partners

Great Dawley Town Council have worked with local partners to fund a brand new community tool hire scheme for the residents of Great Dawley.

The Town Council have been working with The Wrekin Housing Trust who have awarded a £1,000.00 from its Community Fund; Friends of Dawley Park who have awarded £320.00, St Leonards Church in Malinslee who have awarded £120.00 and Tesco Bags for Life who awarded £1,000.00 towards this community project. Great Dawley Town Council have match-funded this project with £1,000.00.

The Town Council currently run a very successful over 70’s free gardening scheme with over 100 people signed up to use the service, however, they had received feedback from local residents who are not eligible to use this scheme that they needed some help and assistance to tend to their gardens.

The annual membership to the Great Dawley Tool Hire Scheme costs just £5 per year. This membership fee gives the hirer access to a number of tools to hire such as mowers, hedge cutters, spades, pressure washer and hand-held garden tools.

There will be a small hire charge for the hiring of the larger electrical equipment of £3 per item with a £10 deposit, which is refundable when the tool is returned). Non electrical tools cost £1 per item.

Tools can be hired and returned from Dawley Town Hall every Tuesday 10am to 12 noon and every Thursday 3pm to 5pm (other times are available by prior arrangement).

Councillor Shaun Davies, Chair of Great Dawley Town Council said ‘Following the success of the Town Councils over 70’s gardening service, we are so pleased that residents not eligible want to also have a way of keeping their gardens tidy’.

Mr Wayne Gethings, Managing Director of The Wrekin Housing Trust said “The Trust is really pleased to be involved with this very worthwhile community project here in Dawley. We’re keen to work with our local communities and I’m sure that this new initiative will provide a useful and helpful service that will be of great benefit to residents; their families and friends.”

The scheme is run using both volunteers and Town Council staff who are available at the times stated above to sign up new members. New members will need to provide two forms of ID for proof of address and agree to the conditions of hire and safety guidelines before tools can be hired.

If you could volunteer to help run a tool hire scheme in your area then please contact Clare Turner – Clerk at Great Dawley Town Council  –  clerk@greatdawley.com or call 01952 567910 for more details.

 

 Notes to editors:          

  Further information for the media is available from:

Clare Turner, Clerk, Great Dawley Town Council on 01952 567 914, or clerk@greatdawley.com /    www.greatdawley.org.uk

Great Dawley Town Council serves Dawley and Malinslee, it has 14 councillors, 7 serving Dawley and 7 serving Malinslee. The Town Council has a Mayor Councillor Jane Pinter (Lab) and the Chair is Councillor Shaun Davies (Lab)