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Disability activist calls for more accessibility in Roscommon town

Apr 28, 2022 13:04 By Shannonside News
Disability activist calls for more accessibility in Roscommon town Disability activist calls for more accessibility in Roscommon town
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The couple highlight the issue on their social media page.

Roscommon town must become more accessible for people with disabilities.

That's the message from activist Leona Tuck who recently visited the town with her husband Michael who's a wheelchair user.

The couple believe the removal of four wheelchair parking spaces in the town centre following public realm works is unacceptable.

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According to Leona the current two spaces are poorly marked and less visible than previous ones.

In a statement to Shannonside FM Roscommon County Council say these bays will be fully painted in blue complete with associated signage within the next two weeks.

A further five disability spaces will also be complete by mid-May and will be located on the east side of the square and at an adjacent carpark to main street.

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However, the manager of the 'Struggle is Wheel' social media page believes these should have been relocated prior to the works beginning.

''I think the bigger issue that's a really worrying trend is that the council has removed excellent disability parking bays and to possibly lower standards. There's definitely a lack of information there. I feel like councils, if they're going to write off excellent disability parking bays, then at least they should do is relocate them first before they right the previous ones off. Whereas we're dealing with a deficit now of four bays and we don't know where to go.''

 

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