LET’S PLAN A BETTER HIGH STREET FOR THE SPA, SAYS LUFF
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LET’S PLAN A BETTER HIGH STREET FOR THE SPA, SAYS LUFF

Droitwich MP Peter Luff inspected the town’s High Street on Saturday with representatives of the Area Forum for Older People and saw for himself just how difficult it is for disabled people to visit.
Walking alongside the wheelchair of the Forum’s Chairman, Ian Parkhill, Peter saw cars parked in front of dropped curbs, “adverse cambers” on the pavement that threatened to tip wheelchairs over, excessive heights of the dropped curbs themselves, obstacles on the footpath, dislodged paving stones and other hazards that made life almost impossible for disabled people.

Commenting, Peter said,

“I’m often in Droitwich High Street, but this was the first time I’d seen the street from the perspective of someone in a wheelchair, using a walking frame, or just a walking stick. There’s no doubt the situation is not acceptable – after all, it’s not just the elderly and disabled who are seriously inconvenienced, but also parents with buggies and prams.

“Evesham and Pershore have both had really good makeovers for the high streets recently. Now it’s time for Droitwich. After years of uncertainty over the need to replace the sewers, we can now start planning an upgrade for the Spa. The surfaces of the road and the pavements have become very poor indeed and are an unsightly advert for the town.

“I know there’s no money in the kitty at present and the improvements will have to wait a while, but let’s start the planning now – and make sure those plans address the needs of the disabled, of the elderly and of parents.

“I will be writing to the County Council to urge them to begin the process of making Droitwich High Street look better – and making it more accessible too.”

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