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New Ribble Valley Group Targets Access for All

Published Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Residents with an interest in accessibility issues are invited to join a new action group.

The former Ribble Valley Open Doors group has been reformed and is now called Access for All.

The group, comprising representatives of Ribble Valley Borough Council, Help Direct and Shopmobility, aims to meet regularly to discuss a range of accessibility issues, such as disabled toilets and dropped kerbs.

Ribble Valley councillor Sue Bibby, who is spearheading the group, said: “We hope to attract local people with an interest in ensuring public places in the borough are fully accessible.

“We will be tackling a range of issues, such as dropped kerbs, ease of mobility in towns and villages for wheelchair users or mums with pushchairs and the availability of disabled public toilets that are accessible via RADAR keys.

“If anyone has an interest in these issues, we want to hear from them with a view to joining us in this important work.”

The group aims to lobby on access issues around existing buildings, so that modifications can be made, as well as advise on access to new facilities.

Members are sought from across the community, particularly wheelchair users, deaf, blind and partially sighted residents, parents of young children, older people with restricted mobility, residents with a disability – physical or mental – and those with no transport.

Further information is available from Ribble Valley Borough Council’s partnership officer, Dilys Day, on 01200 414549.

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