BOROUGH chiefs plan to put the Shopmobility service in Ellesmere Port up for tender.
The news came as DICE, the charity which runs it, revealed it had run out of cash and could close by the end of the month.
The council has already approved £17,000 to support the service, which loans electric scooters and wheelchairs.
Yesterday Phil Purvis, the borough's corporate policy and performance unit manager, said in a statement to the Pioneer: 'Shopmobility is an important provision for Ellesmere Port town centre.
'It contributes towards enabling disabled people to live independently and participate in their local communities.
'The council wants to obtain a high-quality, cost-effective service and is working on a service specification which will be part of a tender process open to interested organisations.'
When informed of the statement, Linda Cameron, general manager of the Shopmobility service in the Port Arcades, said: 'We didn't know this was going to happen. I just don't know what to say. I am absolutely stunned.'
Borough MP Andrew Miller said: 'It is essential that the town centre has proper provision for disabled people.'
Cheshire County Council said it has never given money to any of the county's Shopmobility schemes. But a spokeswoman confirmed it had given grant funding in the past to the DICE service, based in the same offices in the Port Arcades. But this was withdrawn this year because of budgetary issues.