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Call for easier access for the disabled

Call for easier access for the disabled

Francis Batt

Call for easier access for the disabled

Disabled people often face impossible obstacles when they try to reach the centre of Windsor.

That is the view of veteran Windsorian Garry Williams, who has been a director of the Shopmobility Scheme and member of the Royal Borough's Access Forum in the past.

He said: "A person in a wheelchair or on a mobility scooter can travel a considerable distance towards the centre of town only to find their way blocked by roadworks or a car parked across a dropped kerb."

Mr Williams wants to see tougher enforcement action taken by council employees against people whose actions directly stop disabled people from getting through.

He also wants to see greater emphasis given to gritting roads into town during bad weather, if those roads form a vital part of a disabled person's route.

At Monday's meeting of the Royal Borough's Windsor forum, members were sympathetic to Mr Williams' point. Council access officer Lynne Penn said he raised challenging issues and that officers needed to walk the routes he described themselves to see the problems he outlined.

Cllr John Fido (Independent, Clewer North) felt that designated walking routes for disabled people would be a good idea.

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