A right to access everyday services

  • July 5, 2008
  • Bruce Bromley

North West Evening Mail
Last updated 15:15, Friday, 04 July 2008

As wheelchair user myself, I have to ask what is going on? (This is a rhetorical question).

The two disabled parking spaces are often oversubscribed by the disabled people who need to them to access the banks and are frequently abused by able-bodied \”cashpoint cripples\”? and people who are \”far too busy\”? to look for alternative parking if the other spaces in the square are full. (On one occasion I had to challenge a police vehicle occupying one of the bays!)

The situation would worsen considerably should the Millom and Haverigg Economic Development Groups plans ever come to fruition.

If Nash Thakker had any idea of the needs of the disabled people of Millom, or those who visit the town, he would surely be advocating extra disabled parking spaces in the Market Square, and elsewhere in the town, to ensure disabled people have the important rights of access to everyday services, including shops, cafes, banks, cinemas and places of worship, required by the Disability Discrimination Act. Does the Economic Development Group consult with any representative disabled organisations on such matters?

If not, do they not think that they have a duty of care to do so? (This is not a rhetorical question). I believe Councillor Gabbert summed up the plans, in her own inimitable way, as total rubbish. Quite!