When Halton Bus company folded, we acquired one of the buses: the intention is to convert this into a fixed structure in the park. Preserving the heritage of one of the oldest public transport companies alive and creating a space for people to use as a community hub. We have support from the local college who have offered to remove the engine and do some welding, this work will be done supervised but by students at the college. Local businesses have offered to tow the bus when ready and the use of a crane to put it in place. residents who are plumbers and electricians have offered their time free to carry out the work onsite to connect the utilities etc. We want a community project for a community hub.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Health and wellbeing will improve, with gentle exercise and socialising, along with the drop in advisory clinics, this will help young and old but also bring them together. Engagement with those who are moving into our community from overseas so we can learn about each others customs as friendships begin to grow. Inclusion, the space can be accessed by all and bowling is easily adapted if needed therefore integrating the local community and bringing it together. We will preserve our heritage with the bus, it was one of the oldest bus companies in the country.
Steps to get it done:
We hope to put solar panels on the bus for power and local artists will paint panels for the bus so it looks like people are sat inside. We have offers to do the work but we need funding to help with materials. It will be a big community adventure to get this in place and it's use afterwards.
About the space
Victoria Park Widnes