Concessionary fares scheme moves to Hampshire County Council from 1st April 2011 – B&DBC information page HERE

From 1 April 2011 administration of the bus pass scheme will pass to Hampshire County Council under national changes. The most major change in the decision is the cessation of the borough’s travel token scheme, which assists travel on other modes of transport than the bus.

Information on the Hampshire County Council scheme can be found HERE, including an application form. The application forms should also be available from the library, upstairs at the Gill Nethercott Centre.

One of the requirements of applying for the scheme is a passport-sized photograph. As the scheme is predominantly used by those without easy access to transport, often of limited mobility and on limited budgets, a trip to Basingstoke or Andover to then pay for a passport photograph is an onerous ask. A local volunteer Lynn Parnell has offered to take passport-sized photos for use in making the application, in return for a small donation to the charity Headway which she supports. Note that these photos will NOT be suitable for an actual passport, as real passport photo requirements are much stricter.

Lynn has offered to be at the Gill Nethercott Centre this Friday at 10:30 for an hour, to take and print the photos, if enough people are interested. The photos will be available for collection on Tuesday morning, from the Chemist on Newbury Street.

If you or a friend / relative needs to apply for a travel pass, needs a photo and is unable to make the journey to Andover or Basingstoke, please add your name to this forum discussion HERE so that the demand can be gauged.