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Calls for changes after Worcester path branded "unusable" for wheelchair users
CALLS have been made for urgent changes to a city path after claims it is “unusable” for people in wheelchairs.
St John’s county councillor Richard Udall claims the track is “unusable” for disabled residents and cyclists, and has called on Worcestershire County Council to change it after raising the issues with highways officers.
“Only in Worcestershire could we construct a brand new cycle footpath to a brand new zebra crossing to cross a road to a fantastic new sporting arena and have steps,” said Coun Udall.
“Old and young alike will not be able to use the path and it is now potentially dangerous.
“I accept the gradient made the situation difficult, but some engineering imagination could have been used to get around the problem.
“Once again we have chosen the cheapest option, not the best option.
“I don’t believe we should be constructing new footpaths which are not disabled friendly. This is clearly wrong and needs to be changed.
“This is the main pedestrian footpath to a new sporting venue. It sends out the wrong message – that Worcester does not welcome disabled visitors and discourages cycling.
“It is a missed opportunity and it needs to be put right fast.
“We must ensure that all new public footpaths are accessible to all, no excuses, it is simple and straight forward. We have got this wrong and it needs to be changed.”
If the situation cannot be resolved, Coun Udall intends to raise it at the next county council meeting in October.
A spokesman for Worcestershire County Council said wheelchair users can access Hylton Road using a ramped path adjacent to the Sabrina Bridge and officers are considering installing additional signage at the location to highlight the alternative route.
“We are aware of Coun Udall’s concerns and have offered to meet up with him to discuss the scheme, which is being delivered in partnership with the university,” said the spokesman.
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