Dropped kerbs should be marked with yellow lines
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.