Explore Living and City Car Club offer green, affordable transport
Car drivers have the chance to save up to £1,800 a year by taking advantage of a new car club. Saltdean now has its first car club thanks to a partnership between Grand Ocean developers Explore Living and City Car Club. Environmentally-friendly low emission vehicles will be available permanently outside the entrance to the Grand Ocean development in Longridge Avenue.
The scheme is open to all residents of Saltdean and surrounding areas, with vehicle rentals from as little as £3.96 an hour. The annual membership of £50 incorporates insurance, road tax, maintenance, depreciation, cleaning costs and 50 miles petrol a day.
Those living within the Grand Ocean development will benefit from two years’ free membership compliments of Explore Living.
The club was launched by the then Mayor of Brighton and Hove, Garry Peltzer Dunn. He said: “The scheme will provide the Saltdean community a viable alternative to purchasing their own car. Research has shown that those who have used City Car Club vehicles reduce unnecessary journeys by 35 per cent. “Changing simple habits is the best way individuals can reduce their carbon footprint.“
“Changing simple habits is the best way individuals can reduce their carbon footprint”
John Inglis, Explore Living sales and marketing director, said: “Explore Living is committed to providing the residents of Grand Ocean and Saltdean with sustainable lifestyles from the renewable energy initiatives we provide each home to the new car club.”
Nick Simon, of City Car Club, said: “City Car Club is one of the UK’s leading car clubs and provides a cheaper and greener alternative to owning a car.
Our members have 24-hour access to cars and bookings can be made directly at a moment’s notice, on the internet or by telephone.
“We have a proven success recorded with a national fleet of cars totalling 350 vehicles across London, Brighton, Bristol, Bath, Birmingham, Norwich and Edinburgh. We anticipate the Saltdean car club to be just as popular as our other car clubs.”
Grand Ocean, a development of 279 one and two bedroom apartments, was once a 1930s Grade II listed Art Deco hotel. Explore Living, the residential arm of global construction firm Laing O‘Rourke, is restoring the original hotel building as well as constructing four new wings, one of which is complete.