We want town to lead the way on road ac­cess Cam­paign to make life eas­ier for dis­abled

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - NEWS -

Sharon Lip­trott

Bob Opray is on a mis­sion to make Mof­fat’s high street the most ac­ces­si­ble in Scot­land.

The Mof­fat Com­mu­nity Coun­cil chair­man is be­hind a cam­paign to im­prove the cur­rent drop kerbs in the town cen­tre in a bid to make life eas­ier for dis­abled res­i­dents and vis­i­tors.

He said: “I felt I had to step in when I saw peo­ple fall­ing out of wheel­chairs into the road when they tried to get up and down kerbs that are much too high.

“It is the same with mo­bil­ity scoot­ers and prams.

“It is dis­gust­ing that so lit­tle has been spent on get­ting the in­fra­struc­ture right for dis­abled peo­ple so they get up and down on kerbs safely.

“Mof­fat has been ne­glected for years.

“I am not dis­abled my­self but I recog­nise that Mof­fat has to get this right for its many vis­i­tors and the res­i­dents who are.”

Bob set about get­ting proof to back his claims and now has four re­ports high­light­ing dis­abled ac­cess is­sues in the town, in­clud­ing one from a lo­cal ar­chi­tect, a dis­abil­ity rights group, Scot­tish Town Part­ner­ship, and an ac­tion plan for the town.

Th­ese were put to coun­cil and health bosses at a meet­ing ear­lier this year.

Bob said: “From that, we were promised that Mof­fat will be­come the best dis­abled ac­cess high street in Scot­land and we have been work­ing with the Scot­tish Fu­tures Trust who are draw­ing up a re­port which will go to the chief ex­ec­u­tive.

“So far it has just been all talk be­cause we still haven’t had the kerbs re­duced or ac­cesses put in any­where.

“We are still wait­ing. We have got to see what this new re­port says and what ac­tion the coun­cil puts into it.

“But we will not stop cam­paign­ing.”

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