Wheelchair-friendly kerbs to be installed in the town

Photo: Eastbourne Access Group members Ian Westgate and Pamela Gibbs, along with Mayor, Janet Coles, and Langney Councillor Alan Shuttleworth inspect a location for new dropped kerbs in Faversham Road, Eastbourne. SUS-140710-103937001
Photo: Eastbourne Access Group members Ian Westgate and Pamela Gibbs, along with Mayor, Janet Coles, and Langney Councillor Alan Shuttleworth inspect a location for new dropped kerbs in Faversham Road, Eastbourne. SUS-140710-103937001

New dropped kerbs will be installed around the town thanks to negations between The Eastbourne Access Group and the council’s highways department.

The wheelchair-friendly kerbs will be installed this autumn.

The access group chairma, Ian Westgate said, “We are really pleased with this programme.

“Dropped kerbs make travelling and crossing roads with mobility scooters, wheelchairs, prams and buggies easier and safer, and can make previously inaccessible pathways available to all.”

Eastbourne’s mayor Janet Coles, who is also the council’s disability champion, praised the Eastbourne Access Group for working tirelessly for improvements to make Eastbourne accessible for everyone regardless of access issues.

Langney councillor Alan Shuttleworth who worked with the group on this project commented on the scheme in Faversham Road.

“The new dropped kerb route along Faversham Road will help people to negotiate a safer, easier route from this area, including travelling from Cranbrook extra-care Home to the Langney Shopping Centre,” he said.

If you would like to join, or work with The Eastbourne Access Group contact eastbourneaccessgroup@hotmail.co.uk or go to the monthly meeting on the fourth Tuesday of each month at St Saviour’s church hall, South Street at 9.30am.