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Council priority to improve access for disabled people

Cllr Johnny Denis
Cllr Johnny Denis, Lead Member for Customers and Communities

Lewes District Council is taking steps to make the district a better place for disabled people such as introducing accessible play equipment where possible during refurbishments and encouraging businesses to become more disability friendly.

Meanwhile, Councillor Johnny Denis, Cabinet member for Communities and Customers, will be writing to East Sussex County Council and Network Rail, to request their support in improving access for everyone in all public places within the district, as part of a motion passed by Full Council last night (July 15).

Councillor Sean MacLeod was due to propose the motion but was unable to attend due to illness. It was instead proposed by Councillor Denis and seconded by Councillor Ruth O'Keeffe.

Councillor Denis said: "Making sure disabled people can access facilities, services and shops across the district is a high priority for this council and more work needs to be done on this.

"Among the actions our council will be taking are the introduction of accessible play equipment in parks during refurbishments wherever possible and providing information to businesses on how they can adapt to become more disability friendly."

The county council will be asked to help make the district's villages and towns more disability friendly with measures such as extra dropped kerbs and tactile crossings, by tackling parking on pavements, and calling for effective management of A-board permissions, in an effort to reduce pavement clutter.

Network Rail and rail network partners will be requested to bring forward plans to make Lewes district stations fully accessible.