King’s Lynn campaigners to hold wheelchair access rally

Linda and David Cox protest against government welfare cuts. ENGANL00120130123123929
Linda and David Cox protest against government welfare cuts. ENGANL00120130123123929
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Residents and community leaders are being urged to attend a rally in Lynn later this month to see the challenges still faced by wheelchair users for themselves.

Officials from the Lynn and District Trades Council are holding their third wheelchair rally on Saturday, October 24.

The event will start from the Tuesday Market Place, from where Trades Council officials and guests will visit premises to see examples of good and bad access.

The group says that, despite recent improvements to the town’s railway station, many town venues are still not properly accessible to wheelchair users.

And they say they want community and business leaders to see the extent of the challenge for themselves, using wheelchairs provided by the Red Cross.

Trades Council spokesman Jo Rust said: “The common misconception is that people who have a disability are able to get out and about with no problems, because now a days everywhere is wheelchair friendly.

“But this just isn’t the case. We’ve been out in wheelchairs twice before and it’s incredibly difficult.

“We’d like those people who make decisions about budget spend to really experience what it’s like to try and get about in our town centre.”

Campaigner Linda Cox added: “Access is an equalities issue. If there are people in society who can’t get into buildings because of heavy doors, steep slopes or stairs, they won’t be able to participate fully in the opportunities that others take for granted.

“We want to highlight this in the hope that the decision makers in our town can spend budgets in a more focussed way and make the changes necessary.”