Coun­cil lis­tens to res­i­dents and in­stalls pram, wheel­chair ramps

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Danielle Jarvis

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.”

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