A DISABILITY service which once faced a financial crisis could be in line for a £17,000 grant.
The borough council hopes to provide DICE Shopmobility in Ellesmere Port with at least that amount every year for the foreseeable future.
The proposal comes 18 months after the service, which lends walking aids and scooters to disabled shoppers and handles benefits queries from its office in the Port Arcades, nearly reached the end of the line.
Despite having brought in thousands of pounds of extra trade to the borough, Shopmobility looked doomed to close on July 31, 2005, unless it found £28,000.
After dedicated campaigning by the Pioneer, the council stepped in with an £11,000 grant to tide it over.
Then, at Christmas 2005, Shell UK (Stanlow) gave staff a £28,000 donation to sustain the service.
Now the borough council is considering making further grants as part of its growth proposals.
It wants to give Shopmobility £17,000 in 2007/08, £17,500 in 2008/09 and £18,250 in 2009/10.
A report to the resources committee said: 'Our disability equality scheme includes an action plan item to support the provision of a Shopmobility scheme for Ellesmere Port.
'A calculation has been made of what might be a reasonable grant.
'The basis of this was provided by four neighbouring district councils - Vale Royal, Chester, Macclesfield and Crewe and Nantwich.'
Those councils all have populations in the hundreds of thousands and give grants ranging from £20,000 to £48,370. Ellesmere Port & Neston has a population of 82,000.
The grants have yet to be finalised by the resources committee.
The report adds: 'The provision of Shopmobility contributes towards enabling some disabled individuals to live independently and to participate in their local communities.
'The scheme would also contribute to the maintenance of existing levels of accessibility to Ellesmere Port town centre.'