Sefton – Walking routes accessible via mobility scooters

Some time ago Sefton Council produced a packet of 24 walks throughout the Borough. 3 of them are suitable for those using mobility scooters. I thought it may be worthwhile publishing the details of these routes:-

Click on each one to enlarge for reading.

Some trains out of Liverpool will not be disability accessible? Surely not BUT……

www.disabilitynewsservice.com/rail-company-to-run-services-with-no-wheelchair-spaces-on-governments-orders/

Disability News Service has the story on its web site – see link above

The article does indeed make utterly shocking reading if the facts are as outlined. If they are then Government, the Dept. for Transport and the rail operating companies involved need to explain themselves.

Those with disabilities should be our first thought not our last.

Mobility Scooters and Northern’s aged train fleet sadly don’t mix

Mind the gap – It is often the height difference between a train door and station platform which causes difficulties for those with a disability.

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/disabled-pregnant-woman-not-allowed-13953682

The Liverpool Echo has the story on it s web site – see link above

How long has the Disabled Discrimination Act (DDA) been in place? Well it came into effect in 2005 and was then added to/superseded by the Equities Act of 2010 yet still people with disabilities are left at a disadvantage.

Frankly it is not good enough in my book.

The photo is amongst my flickr shots at:-

www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/

Sefton Borough – Accessible countryside routes for those with disabilities are very limited

I posted not so long ago about Sefton Council’s Rights of Way Liaison Group which I happen to sit on representing both Lydiate and Maghull Councils.

An issue raised with me recently by a Maghull resident was with regard to someone in their family having disability restrictions who finds it hard to access our local countryside.

Accessible paths like this are required by people with disabilities

There’s no doubt this is an issue and it’s one that is often compounded by the obstacles that are placed on public rights of way to try to stop abuse of them by motorbikes/quadbikes. The Leeds Liverpool Canal tow path and Cheshire Lines Path come to mind here. This is of course on top of routes often being uneven, crossing fields, stiles etc. All of these things can be overcome by those of us who are capable of walking/climbing freely but they are a barrier to those with restricted mobility.

I undertook to investigate the matter with the Sefton Council officer who leads our local Liaison Group and this is what he said in response:-

Hi Councillor

In regards to fully accessible countryside routes, unfortunately these are limited in number.

It is an action in the current Rights of Way Improvement Plan to work on improving the accessibility of the network and work in partnership with people with mobility impairments and as such efforts and improvements to accessibility are being made.

Under the Active Walks scheme there is an independent walks pack that has 24 walking routes in various locations around the borough and some of these are promoted as being accessible. The details of these routes can be found on the Sefton website via

www.sefton.gov.uk/around-sefton/walking-cycling/walking-routes-and-ideas.aspx

I think this is clearly a piece of work in progress and with severely restricted amounts of public money being around these days you would have to be quite an optimist to think that much will happen soon. However, whenever I get the opportunity I intend to bang the drum for disability access to Sefton’s countryside.

This is the front cover of the Rights of Way Improvement Plan made reference to above:-

This document, which covers all of Merseyside, runs to 98 pages and is due to be updated next year

it runs to 98 pages and is due to be updated by 2018.

Boots the Chemist – Just how long does it take to make a shop disabled accessible?

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2013/11/03/boots-chemist-westway-maghull-an-accessibility-issue/

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Whilst Boots have been chasing Ed Miliband about because of his anti-business policies I wonder if they could find a moment to address the issue I raised with them ages ago i.e. the lack of disabled accessible arrangements (a big step) up to their Maghull Westway shop. It’s only been 14 months since I published the posting above!

Boots Chemist Westway Maghull – an accessibility issue

A local chap with a significant walking disability raised this with me and whilst the step into Boots and indeed its predecessor chemist, Bracey’s, has been there since the shop unit was built those of us who are fit hardly notice it.

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But to a person with disability steps can be a real challenge, indeed an obstacle.

I have been in touch with Boots to see if they can do anything to help here. Maybe a ramp would be possible?

Just as I was about to post this item Boots came back to me saying they are to raise the matter with their newly appointed shop manager who will be in touch with me.