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