Can you give SOS Bus new lease of life?

Gazette: Can you give SOS Bus new lease of life? Can you give SOS Bus new lease of life?

ITS striking yellow paintwork means it has become a recognisable feature on Colchester’s nightlife scene.

Inside, its wipe clean seats may have been at the receiving end of alcohol-unduced vomit and have provided much-need respite for sore dancing feet.

But Colchester’s original SOS Bus - which has provided crucial medical support to revellers - has sat virtually unused since it became unreliable and was replaced.

Owners the Open Road charity are now hoping to flog the 23-year-old bus for £15,000.

Despite its former lively lifestyle, the charity says the bus still in full working order and only needs some minor repairs and patch ups.

Wayne Powell, SOS Bus co-ordinator, said: “We have had interest from a few people, such as event medical companies, and a similar type of project as the SOS Bus here, but in Glasgow “The bus has been un-used for the last 18 months, apart from an eight-week pilot project in Ipswich but has been kept securely in a lock up “The bus is in workable and good condition and viewings can be made on arrangement.”

The diesel-fuelled vehicle was donated to the charity in 2007 and was converted into the SOS Bus, suitable for mobile medical use.

The main area inside it has clean wipe seating down both sides, two plasma screen TVs on the walls, and a sink and preparation area while the back has been converted into a self-contained medical room.

This includes a medical couch and storage cupboards.

Outside the bus, there is a built-in TV for viewing outdoors, as well as speakers and an electronic canopy that runs down the length of the vehicle.

The bus’s replacement cost £60,000 and was put on Colchester’s streets in autumn 2012.

It was paid for by Colchester Council.

Anyone interested in buying the bus should contact Mr Powell on 01206 369782.

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4:44pm Fri 23 May 14

WitchofColchester says...

Why the hell am I paying for this service?
Why the hell am I paying for this service? WitchofColchester
  • Score: -5

4:50pm Fri 23 May 14

wearebeingwatched says...

WitchofColchester wrote:
Why the hell am I paying for this service?
Your not it is charity
[quote][p][bold]WitchofColchester[/bold] wrote: Why the hell am I paying for this service?[/p][/quote]Your not it is charity wearebeingwatched
  • Score: 4

4:50pm Fri 23 May 14

wearebeingwatched says...

wearebeingwatched wrote:
WitchofColchester wrote:
Why the hell am I paying for this service?
Your not it is charity
Meant You're not
[quote][p][bold]wearebeingwatched[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]WitchofColchester[/bold] wrote: Why the hell am I paying for this service?[/p][/quote]Your not it is charity[/p][/quote]Meant You're not wearebeingwatched
  • Score: 5

5:38pm Fri 23 May 14

Gavin2z says...

wearebeingwatched, the article says quite clearly that :-

"The bus’s replacement cost £60,000 and was put on Colchester’s streets in autumn 2012.
It was paid for by Colchester Council."

Possibly it is run by charity, but £60,000 is still a lot of Council Tax.
wearebeingwatched, the article says quite clearly that :- "The bus’s replacement cost £60,000 and was put on Colchester’s streets in autumn 2012. It was paid for by Colchester Council." Possibly it is run by charity, but £60,000 is still a lot of Council Tax. Gavin2z
  • Score: 6

8:12pm Fri 23 May 14

Sidney Harbour-Bridge says...

It only takes the income from about 40 houses on band D? If I were one of the drunks without any sort of social responsibility, or a student poncing off the state that would be a good deal. I suppose it's better than paying expenses to councillors pretending that they do the job claiming to be putting something back into the community
It only takes the income from about 40 houses on band D? If I were one of the drunks without any sort of social responsibility, or a student poncing off the state that would be a good deal. I suppose it's better than paying expenses to councillors pretending that they do the job claiming to be putting something back into the community Sidney Harbour-Bridge
  • Score: 2

10:48pm Fri 23 May 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

The point is CBC were happy to fund £60,000 for a bus for weekend drunks in the town whilst the same council axed Abbots Activity Centre, due to lack of funds. Somehow they have their priorities completely wrong.

However, If the old bus is in such good order and worth £15,000 why did they need to replace it? But if they sell it now then the money from the sale should go back into Council coffers.
The point is CBC were happy to fund £60,000 for a bus for weekend drunks in the town whilst the same council axed Abbots Activity Centre, due to lack of funds. Somehow they have their priorities completely wrong. However, If the old bus is in such good order and worth £15,000 why did they need to replace it? But if they sell it now then the money from the sale should go back into Council coffers. Say It As It Is OK?
  • Score: 9

7:54pm Sat 24 May 14

karen f says...

That £15,000 could also go a long way into supplying all the late-night pubs and clubs in Colchester with polycarbonate glassware. Silk Road have had it imposed as part of their shake-up to use polycarbonate ALL the time now. This way the late-night pubs and clubs get a much safer alternative (at no initial cost to themselves) and the SOS bus won't be treating so many for cuts from either accidents or incidents where glass has been used as a weapon. A win, win situation for all concerned maybe? Perhaps Pub Watch, Tim Young and the Colchester licensing officer could have a meeting at least to discuss the idea?
That £15,000 could also go a long way into supplying all the late-night pubs and clubs in Colchester with polycarbonate glassware. Silk Road have had it imposed as part of their shake-up to use polycarbonate ALL the time now. This way the late-night pubs and clubs get a much safer alternative (at no initial cost to themselves) and the SOS bus won't be treating so many for cuts from either accidents or incidents where glass has been used as a weapon. A win, win situation for all concerned maybe? Perhaps Pub Watch, Tim Young and the Colchester licensing officer could have a meeting at least to discuss the idea? karen f
  • Score: 1

9:47pm Sat 24 May 14

The Six Million Dollar Man* says...

more bullshine, mor porkies and more bending of the truth, but thats ok this is colchester and this is england. so what carry on with the propaganda, who cares, the recession is over, the troops are coming home we are saving money, until we have to go a spend another £25 Billion on a different war. who cares get it while you can, councils we be spending all their petty cash and flunking their budgets around march when the next round of payouts come. the next recession is around about 2019 the **** will hit the fan, the big money boys in london, will find a way around the new FCA rules, so what who cares they dont, local council officials don't either, its dog eat dog and history will just go on round and round again, in ever decreasing circles, repeating itself. £60 Grand for a Bus its nothing to them.
more bullshine, mor porkies and more bending of the truth, but thats ok this is colchester and this is england. so what carry on with the propaganda, who cares, the recession is over, the troops are coming home we are saving money, until we have to go a spend another £25 Billion on a different war. who cares get it while you can, councils we be spending all their petty cash and flunking their budgets around march when the next round of payouts come. the next recession is around about 2019 the **** will hit the fan, the big money boys in london, will find a way around the new FCA rules, so what who cares they dont, local council officials don't either, its dog eat dog and history will just go on round and round again, in ever decreasing circles, repeating itself. £60 Grand for a Bus its nothing to them. The Six Million Dollar Man*
  • Score: 4

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