Support for DACT snowballs

THOUSANDS of people have now put their name to our DACT campaign.

DACT (Daventry Area Community Transport) is facing a potential cut of all its funding from Northamptonshire County Council.

Such cuts could threaten the charity’s services, including its volunteer car scheme, the dial-a-ride buses in Daventry, its community hire scheme, and Daventry Shopmobility.

So far the petition to support DACT has topped 3,000 signatures.

Rob Kinning, chief executive of DACT, said: “We’re getting people coming in almost every day with signature forms.

“Our services are inter-dependent and it is only through having chargeable services, like our group transport scheme, that DACT can bring in income to support all of its services.

“In addition, being able to travel to social events is a lifeline to some people who are often confined to their own homes for much of their lives.”

Chris Ball is one person whose been busy spreading the word about the petition.

He has collected 255 signatures from Costa Coffee in Daventry and a further 55 from staff and pupils at Danetre School.

Saying thank you to everyone who has signed, he said: “I am amazed at the amount of heartfelt support I have received when I have spoken to people around Daventry and have also agreed to sign.”

Signatures are not only coming in from Daventry – people as far away from the town as Cold Ashby have been putting their names forward to support DACT.

Petition forms can be found at DACT’s offices in the Abbey Centre or at the Daventry Express in the High Street.

A final funding decision will be made in early December.