Hundreds sign up to help save DACT fund

MORE than 300 people have already signed a petition to help save a valuable town service from severe funding cuts.

In less than a week DACT (Daventry Area Community Transport) has collected the signatures with the help of the Daventry Express.

DACT runs a car service to take people to hospital appointments, the dial-a-ride buses in Daventry, and transport for community groups.

This year its funding from Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) has been cut by 20 per cent to £31,000 and next year it may get nothing, forcing it to reduce or restrict its services.

We are running a campaign to stop this happening and DACT manager Rob Kinning said: “We’ve had so much support and people are even offering to go out onto the streets so we are confident the petition will keep growing.”

On Monday night Daventry Town Council also agreed to support the service by writing to NCC and highlighting how important DACT is to the people of Daventry.

Sheila Wood, who lives in Oxford Close, is one DACT’s users.

She said: “They are a wonderful firm. I use them for trips to the hospital.

“When I book they make sure there’s a wheelchair in the car and the driver usually comes and stays with me while I’m waiting for my appointment. I feel like they are all my friends – the drivers, the people who answer the phones – everyone. I have to use a scooter and oxygen when I go out, without DACT I would be in a right mess.”

The petition can be signed in the Daventry Express offices, at DACT’s offices in the Abbey Centre or at DACT Shopmobility on New Street.