Council listens to residents and installs pram, wheelchair ramps
BLACKTOWN Council has installed three pram/ wheelchair ramps at the intersection of Kelly and Buran closes in Mt Druitt - more than six months after it promised they would be finished.
The Standard reported on the issue in November after residents complained they had been forced to travel on the road beside cars because there were no ramps that allowed wheelchair access or one for prams.
Shalvey resident Tania Bailey (pictured), who had to make regular trips to the Mt Druitt Health Centre, said it was impossible for people with wheelchairs to make their appointments without risking injury.
“There’s no access to get on that concrete verge unless you’ve got legs,” Mrs Bailey said.
The council had argued it was not responsible for one side of Kelly Close, claiming Westfield Mt Druitt owned the land where one of the ramps would go.
But Westfield spokeswoman said the council was responsible for the raised median strip.
The council promised to negotiate and have the ramps installed eight weeks.
This week, a council spokeswoman confirmed it had installed three ramps – two on either side of Kelly Close and an additional ramp on one side of Buran Close opposite an existing ramp about two weeks ago.
“It’s about time,” Mrs Bailey said. “At last something has been done.
“I suppose it’s a win for the little people.”