Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Dropped kerbs agreed

DROPPED kerbs are to be installed in Sonning Common following a resident’s campaign to improve disabled facilities in the village.

DROPPED kerbs are to be installed in Sonning Common following a resident’s campaign to improve disabled facilities in the village.

Hannah Rice, 21, highlighted access problems for people who use wheelchairs or mobility scooters at the annual parish meeting.

David Bartholomew, who represents Sonning Common on Oxfordshire County Council, told a parish council meeting that he could fund two dropped kerbs costing a total of £4,000.

One site, at the north-west end of Lea Road, has already been approved but councillors must choose whether to have the other dropped kerb at the bus stop in Woodlands Road or one in Wood Lane. Miss Rice, of Woodlands Road, also recommended a pedestrian crossing was installed in Wood Lane, barriers in pavements were removed and bells were fitted outside shops.

Councillor Bartholomew said he was shown the problems faced by disabled people when he was given a tour of the village by Miss Rice, who has cerebral palsy, and Matthew O’Sullivan, of Lea Road, who has muscular dystrophy.

He said: “The problems that disabled people encounter were made very clear.

“Some of those things I can help with, some are district matters and others are insoluble due to land ownership and rights of way.”

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