‘The police have better things to do than’………

This is probably a phrase that many of us have used when we’ve heard about an incident which is either of no consequence to us or is one we regularly participate in but which is actually against some law or regulation.

So when we say it are we in reality saying ‘well I would break that law too’ or ‘that law should be abolished because I regularly break it’; is it actually simply an expression of our frustration or even selfishness? Let’s see what you think the Police ‘have better things to do than’ – here are 5 examples:-

Enforcing speed limits?
Stopping pavement parking by drivers?
Tackling cyclists who ride on pavements?
Prosecuting motorists with no Road Tax or insurance?
Fining people who break ‘lockdown’ rules?

I could go on, but I think you’ll have got my drift by now i.e. if we park on pavements we won’t want the police/local council to enforce the regulations on it will we? However, if we are a pedestrian/blind/disabled/or pushing a pram we probably will want them to. The same applies to the other ‘crimes’ I’ve listed and indeed potentially many that I’ve not.

In short we’ll often be affronted by the anti-social/criminal behaviours of others whilst conveniently ignoring our own less than community minded activities. Indeed, can we sit on both sides of the fence by for example grumbling about the vehicle on the pavement when we’ve had to step into the road to get around it whilst dumping our own car on any pavement available when we want to park close to the chippy, hairdressers, chemist etc. etc.? The answer, of course, is yes we can!

Oh and one final thing, why are many of the things we can react to in this way associated with travel and how we go about it?

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.

Lydiate – Wrong person identified over pavement parking

I covered a story that first saw the light of day in the Liverpool Echo recently about the problems that parking vehicles on pavements causes for those with disabilities etc. The matter was also covered in the Aintree & Maghull Champion. Here’s a link my blog on the matter:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2018/09/01/lydiate-maghull-pavement-parking-and-people-with-disabilities-dont-mix/

Since all this publicity and the fact that the person who originally raised the issue was said to live in Lydiate folks have seemingly jumped to the wrong conclusion i.e. they have assumed it was raised by former Lydiate Parish Councillor Tony Fenton who’s a well know local wheelchair user – IT WAS NOT. And before anyone asks who then?, I have absolutely no idea.

Maghull – Its new North Station – An accessible interchange?

As I have been looking at the layout of the new Maghull North Station two things in particular jump out at me which don’t seem at all right.

Firstly, the vast majority of those approaching the station by foot, on a cycle, pushing a pram, using a disability buggy etc. will do so coming from the direction of Maghull Square yet the access to the new station from this direction is at present via a short flight of steps:-

There’s no alternative to these steps, there’s no dropped kerb and hard standing to School Lane so how are people with disabilities and those arriving on a bike supposed to access the station? The alternative presently is a very long detour along School Lane and then back again via the new Poppy Fields housing estate road.

Could it be that a level/accessible access is still to be provided? I’m wondering if this may be the case because of uncompleted works some 20 or 30 yards away from the steps? See what I mean?:-

Secondly, the bus stops for the new station, on School Lane, are not exactly close to it:-

In the summer maybe the walk to the bus stops is a pleasant one but in winter? Why has it not been possible to create an bus/rail interchange like you see at many stations where both are located right next to each other? This whole area has been designed from scratch so I’m scratching my head about this, I really am.

The new station is great (I use it, indeed I campaigned for it to be built over many, many years) but clearly there are teething troubles which need addressing.

With thanks to the Aintree & Maghull Champion newspaper for making this their lead story in their edition of 1st August 2018

How people with a disability can be treated!

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-stoke-staffordshire-43033055

The BBC has this so sad and frustrating story on its web site – see link above

Stories like this make my blood boil; you just can’t understand how the shop assistant in Halfords came to do such a terrible thing. I feel for Halfords in some ways because this is a huge embarrassment for the company and you can’t in any way think that they would have wanted their assistant to act in the way they did.

I spent many years working with people who had a disability at the Maghull Homes/Parkhaven Trust in the 1980’s and early 1990’s and frankly I’m grateful for what I learned over that period. I met some lovely people, some who were unfortunately institutionalised, but they were people with disabilities and they became friends of mine.

All I can say to Halfords or indeed any other employer who has staff that interact with the public is train them not to fear or reject disabilities. Their job is to help people and that’s what we who are fortunate enough to be able-bodied customers expect to see being done. When we don’t see help being offered we take our business elsewhere!

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/