Wednesday, 18 February 2015


A charity which provides transport to the elderly and disabled has had to shut down due to financial difficulties.
Torridge Community Transport Association issued a statement on Friday saying it was with ‘much regret’ it would cease trading.
A spokesman for the trustees said: “With increasing costs/overheads and declining revenue and funding across the transport sector, Torridge Community Transport Association’s (TCTA) financial position has been deteriorating for some months.
“The organisation has been working hard to try and find solutions to address this and have also worked in conjunction with their main customer, and funder, Devon County Council to try to resolve financial issues.
“Unfortunately cash flow has continued to deteriorate and it has now reached the point where further trading would make it be irresponsible and a breach of insolvency law.
“The trustees therefore have had to make a difficult decision and with much regret, to cease to trade with effect from 30 January 2014 and to instruct Bishop Fleming, Insolvency Practitioners, to assist with placing the company into liquidation.
“It is a sad end to an organisation that has provided a valuable and needed service in the Torridge community.”
TCTA is actively communicating with alternative service providers, to try to salvage some of its services for the community.
This time last year, the organisation took over the running of the Pannier Market Hopper in Bideford, which will now be operated by Beacon Bus.
The Ring & Ride service will continue but will be operated by Ilfracombe Community Transport Association. Passengers requiring the Ring & Ride service will need to telephone 01271 863630.
The spokesman added: “We are working hard to enable the continuation of the Voluntary Car Scheme, and will announce developments as soon as they are known.
“TCTA would like to take this opportunity to thank all passengers, staff and creditors for their tolerance and patience during this very difficult period.YeS not recent news but i thought i would do a little add on bit.My wife and myself and others like us used this service to get to hospital and doctors appoints  now our costs have increased a journey from northam to barnstaple hospital is a lkeast 25 pounds plus one way so appointments are missed.ONE THING I DONT UNDERSTAND IS WHY NO NEW SERVICE ,NO KICK UO ,WHERE DID MONEY GO AM I THE ONLY ONE WHO WISHES TO HAVE AN ANSWER

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