EX­CLU­SIVE: THE REAL COST OF MAR­KET PLACE?

The Wokingham Paper - - FRONT PAGE - By JAMES HAST­INGS

A DIS­ABLED woman has called for an ur­gent re­view of park­ing in the town af­ter she was al­most run over in Mar­ket Place.

Lynn Antick said if her carer had not pulled her out of the way, she would have been hit by the ve­hi­cle.

Lynn, who is reg­is­tered blind said it was “un­be­liev­able” park­ing bays were not clearly marked leav­ing driv­ers and pedes­tri­ans con­fused.

“I thought we were walk­ing on the pave­ment but it turned out to be a park­ing bay,” she ex­plained.

“I just froze when the car ap­proached and if my carer had not been so quick to re­act, we could both have been hit. As it was, I was shak­ing.”

Lynn said she is now too ter­ri­fied to go shop­ping with­out some­one with her and fears she will be stuck at home.

“There are no mark­ings on the ground and only a tiny sign high up on a pole to let peo­ple know they are in a park­ing bay.

“I can­not see let alone read some­thing as small as that. I know many other peo­ple have the same prob­lem.

“Af­ter the first in­ci­dent, I was walk­ing to­wards Boots when a huge lorry pulled in to what seemed like pave­ment but is ac­tu­ally a park­ing area.

“If I had been on my own, I would have been mowed down.”

Lynn was so up­set she con­tacted the bor­ough’s high­ways de­part­ment and told them road mark­ings and signs were in­ad­e­quate.

“They were very good and made notes of all the prob­lem ar­eas.

“I told them the town cen­tre needs to have large mark­ings like you see in places like su­per­mar­kets.

“I also sug­gested some kind of phys­i­cal bar­rier to sep­a­rate ve­hi­cles from pedes­tri­ans.

“I dread some­one will be se­ri­ously in­jured or worse if noth­ing is done.”

A coun­cil spokesper­son told The Wok­ing­ham Pa­per that spe­cial dis­abled park­ing bay sym­bols have al­ways been part of the plan for Mar­ket Place and will be in­stalled. They are cur­rently on order and will help with iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of the bays.

And in a state­ment is­sued last week, Wok­ing­ham Bor­ough and Town Coun­cils con­firmed that a new safety re­view will be un­der­taken and the ac­ces­si­bil­ity and dis­abil­ity groups and rep­re­sen­ta­tives who were con­sulted over the orig­i­nal de­sign will be brought back to­gether to help with the au­dit.

Ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber for Re­gen­er­a­tion Cllr Philip Mirfin said: “Safety is of para­mount im­por­tance – par­tic­u­larly when it con­cerns our more vul­ner­a­ble res­i­dents.”

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