Dropped kerbs should be marked with yel­low lines

Campbeltown Courier - - YOUR VIEWS -

Sir, I wanted to add some of my ex­pe­ri­ences fol­low­ing last week’s front page ar­ti­cle about road cross­ings in Camp­bel­town. I use a wheel­chair, do not have a carer, and I can tell you that it is pretty hor­ren­dous go­ing down the town. Last week, I got to one of the dropped pave­ments I use on my route and found a car parked across it. I went a dif­fer­ent route and found an­other car block­ing an­other dropped kerb. There was not a very deep pave­ment and some­times it is pos­si­ble to cross if the kerb is low enough, so I tried but got my wheels stuck in a drain. There was no one around to help but I even­tu­ally man­aged to get back out. It was a night­mare. Why can’t the dropped pave­ments be marked, like the en­trances to peo­ple’s drives, so that mo­torists eas­ily recog­nise that they can­not park across them? I used to be a driver my­self and I know that some­times when you are pulling into a space, you do not al­ways no­tice the dropped kerbs but if they were clearly marked, they would be much more ob­vi­ous. I plan my jour­neys be­fore leav­ing my house, but of­ten find that part or all of my route is blocked, and I am forced to re­verse back or risk get­ting stuck. I some­times use West Coast Mo­tors’ ring and ride ser­vice and Shop­per-Aide’s wheel­chair ac­ces­si­ble ve­hi­cle but they are not al­ways avail­able at week­ends so I have to ven­ture out on my own. It is high time some­thing was done to make it eas­ier. Name and ad­dress sup­plied.

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