Thursday, 14 December 2017

Disability campaign victory

DROPPED kerb stones could be installed in Sonning Common.

DROPPED kerb stones could be installed in Sonning Common.

It follows a call by a resident for disabled facilities in the village to be improved.

As the Henley Standard reported last week, 21-year-old Hannah Rice highlighted access problems for people who use wheelchairs or mobility scooters.

Miss Rice, who suffers from cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair, called for a pedestrian crossing to be installed in Wood Lane, barriers in pavements to be removed and ramps or bells to be fitted outside shops.

David Bartholomew, who represents the Sonning Common ward on Oxfordshire County Council, said she had made “very good points”.

When he put them to the council’s highways area steward Keith Stenning he was told there could be funding available to install dropped kerb stones but not for a pedestrian crossing.

Cllr Bartholomew invited a parish councillor to walk around the village and identify the best places for “one or two” dropped kerbs.

He said: “I think that would be a benefit not just to disabled people but also to carers who work with them.”

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