People who need a little help getting round the shops no longer need to travel to Churchill Square to hire a mobility scooter.
The Brighton and Hove Shopmobility scheme this week started allowing people to pick up scooters from two new sites off London Road and in Kemptown.
And it also says that if possible, it will drop them off at a convenient spot such as a cafe or bus stop.
The Fed’s Katharine Russell, who manages the scheme says: “We are absolutely delighted that Shopmobility has extended in this way. While our customers don’t mind going to Churchill Square to pick up their scooters, we know lots of people would prefer to hire closer to home. The two new sites should save a lot of people unnecessary and time consuming journeys.
“And the new service will allow us to be much more flexible. We do ask that customers give us a quick ring in advance to book their scooter. The advantage to them is that we can find somewhere to deliver the equipment which is tailored to them and much more convenient. We only need someone to give us a little notice, and we can be right with them”.
Shoppers must book ahead by calling 01273 32 32 39, and pay £5 a day for up to two weeks.
The two new pick up spots are the Providence Place car par on London Road and the Fed Centre For Independent Living’s head office on Montague Place in Kemptown. The Churchill Square centre will remain open.
The Shopmobility service will operate from 10am – 4pm, Monday to Friday, although times might very in the autumn and winter.
Visitors to the city can also book and hire equipment, for example if they are here for day trips or holidays, and equipment can be delivered to city centre hotels.