Wheel­chair ac­cess to me­mo­rial needed

Hinckley Times - - LETTERS -

IT was a great hon­our for me once again on Sun­day to be present at the town Act of Re­mem­brance in Ar­gents Mead with mem­bers of my com­mu­nity of St Peter’s Church.

It is al­ways such a special oc­ca­sion, beau­ti­fully planned in such a lovely set­ting.

I was priv­i­leged to be stand­ing next to a man called Fred, who is in fact a D-Day vet­eran and who had come in his wheel­chair to hon­our his fallen com­rades.

Af­ter the ser­vice peo­ple like to go up to the me­mo­rial and read the names of the dead, but my new friend Fed could not have done that be­cause there was no proper ac­cess to it.

There are a num­ber of steps, with a rail up to the me­mo­rial but no means of a wheel­chair-bound vet­eran get­ting up there.

Would it not be a good idea, es­pe­cially bear­ing in mind that next year is the 100th an­niver­sary of the end of World Ward 1, for the coun­cil to pro­vide a taste­ful ramp ac­cess to the side of the me­mo­rial so that wheel­chair-bound peo­ple or those with walk­ing dif­fi­cul­ties could go and look at it as well?

Fa­ther Frank Daly, Di­rec­tor of SPANNED (the agency Supporting Peo­ple with Ad­di­tional Needs in

the Not­ting­ham Dio­cese)

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