Dis­abled ac­cess is not good enough

The Oban Times - - News -

OBAN town cen­tre’s dis­abled ac­cess con­tin­ues to fall short of pub­lic ex­pec­ta­tions – de­spite a multi-mil­lion-pound makeover by Argyll and Bute Coun­cil.

The Oban and District Dis­abil­ity Fo­rum and Ac­cess Panel (the fo­rum) has been high­light­ing on­go­ing con­cerns about the lack of ac­cess on the main road through Oban. It has now de­cided to re­port its con­cerns to HiTrans – the High­lands and Is­lands Trans­port Part­ner­ship.

A re­cent meet­ing of the group heard that there was con­cern about the lack of a dropped kerb at the rail­way sta­tion.

Coun­cil­lor Elaine Robert­son has agreed to high­light the prob­lem with Andy Collins, the project man­ager for the town cen­tre im­prove­ments.

The fo­rum agreed to write to Frank Roach at HiTrans to high­light the sit­u­a­tion as it is ad­ja­cent to the HiTrans in­ter­ests in the train sta­tion.

The group has al­ready raised the mat­ter with Jim Smith, the roads man­ager at Argyll and Bute Coun­cil.

Chair­man Jim Tolmie ex­plained that Mr Smith had ad­vised that a lim­ited num­ber of dropped kerbs would be con­structed in and around Oban town cen­tre in the fourth quar­ter of the cur­rent fi­nan­cial year. The lo­ca­tions are still to be ad­vised.

A coun­cil spokes­woman said: ‘Fol­low­ing con­sul­ta­tion with the Oban Dis­abil­ity Fo­rum in Septem­ber 2015, amend­ments to dropped kerbs, dis­abled park­ing bays and bus stops were im­ple­mented as part of the phase two pub­lic realm works.

‘A road safety au­dit of this area will be car­ried out in­de­pen­dently later this year. We are cur­rently in the process of draw­ing up a plan to in­stall more dropped kerbs at key sites.’

The next meet­ing of the group is on Tues­day March 14. For de­tails, con­tact oban­dis­abil­i­ty­fo­rum@ aol.co.uk.

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