Shopmobility for Rugby in Clock Towers Shopping Centre

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After years of campaigning, Rugby is to get a Shopmobility service in the Clock Towers Shopping Centre later this summer.

Shopmobility is a national charity that rents out scooters and powered wheelchairs in town centres to make life easier for people who struggle with their shopping.

Rugby Disability Forum believes the scheme will help hundreds of people in the area and boost trade in the town centre.

Users do not have to be registered disabled and anyone of any age can rent a scooter, including those with a temporary injury.

David Foster, chairman of Rugby Disability Forum, said: “We’ve wanted a service like this in the town centre for many, many years so this will be very welcome news to hundreds of people in the borough and beyond who will have better access in our town centre.”

The shop will be run by the charity the National Federation of Shopmobility. It will be in the Clock Towers next to the escalators that lead up to Dunelm Mill.

Mr Foster said: “The problems facing disabled people, even if they are just want to pick up a few bits and pieces in the town centre, are enough to put them off coming entirely.

“That’s not good for their health, or for the traders who are missing out on potential business.

“The number of people using mobility scooters is also going up, so it’s about time that a town the size of Rugby had one.”

“I know a similar scheme in Coventry has been very successful, so much so that sometimes the shop runs out of vehicles to rent – it has become a service that people quickly get used to and take for granted because it quickly becomes difficult to imagine life without it.”

Mr Foster added: “I’d like to thank Rugby Borough Council, Rugby First and Clock Towers for supporting this idea.”

The exact opening date for the new shop is still unknown, but it is expected to be operating before the end of summer.

Other shops to open in the town centre this year include new additions to Rugby’s Swan Centre next to Asda, many units of which remained empty after the development. These include a Costa Coffee shop and The Dress Shop, which sells bridal wear and accessories.

Shadow Games and Supatone Toning and Tanning also opened in Rugby town centre this year.