Accessibility was an issue
The other day, I was reminded again just how inaccessible some of our local buildings are.
I wanted to attend the consultation on Chilton Woods at The Masonic Hall on Saturday.
On arriving at the front doors in my mobility scooter, I was expecting a ramp to be available to gain access.
My partner went in to inquire with the event organisers, who had to contact Peter Thorogood, who was on the premises.
He came to the door to inform me there was no way in, and asked if I could I get in with the aid of some assistance.
Having multiple sclerosis, I am now reliant on my mobility products. On this occasion, with assistance, I was able to get in, with my partner and Mr Thorogood having to lift my scooter.
From the pavement, I could see a disabled lift and, once in, I saw a disabled toilet sign.
On speaking to Mr Thorogood, he said it was an ongoing problem as it was a listed building. I did, however, notice the windows had been altered to PVC.
I did point out to the event organisers that they should ensure accessibility at venues.
A recent government-commissioned audit of more than 30,000 shops and restaurants revealed the shocking extent of poor access in our high streets.
In the article, Mark Harper, minister for disabled people, said a fifth of the British population has a disability and they and their households have a spending power of over £200billion.
Improving accessibility is a no-brainer.
Let’s hope Suffolk County Council bears the disabled in mind when creating Chilton Woods.