The fully electric Citroen E-Space 9-seater van has been purchased by Tidenham Parish Council and is now available for community groups operating within the parish to use.

Reported to be one of the first projects of its kind in Gloucestershire, the new community van has been funded entirely through Section 106 money distributed to the parish council by the Forest of Dean District Council.

Cllr Jan Koning, Chairman of Tidenham Parish Council, said: ‘We are excited to be launching the community electric van which has been made possible due to funding obtained through the Forest of Dean District Council and we would like to thank the council for its generous help and support throughout this process.

‘Those living in rural communities, especially the elderly and the young, can struggle to access easy and affordable transport so we hope this new resource will make a real difference in helping meet this need.’

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