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Campaigning for better access for disabled people

Michael Moore MP cutting the ribbon to officially open the new ramp following a campagin by local wheelchair users for better access. Also pictured are, back row, left to right, Councillor Frances Renton, Paul Jess, Hazel Anderson, Julie Clasper, Eileen Lindsay and Grant Findlay. Front - Morag Blakie and Kathleen Gordon.

Michael Moore MP cutting the ribbon to officially open the new ramp following a campagin by local wheelchair users for better access. Also pictured are, back row, left to right, Councillor Frances Renton, Paul Jess, Hazel Anderson, Julie Clasper, Eileen Lindsay and Grant Findlay. Front - Morag Blakie and Kathleen Gordon.

Berwickshire could soon have its own Access Panel to campaign for improved facilities and services for disabled people in the area.

After the success of local campaigners to improve access to the Royal Bank of Scotland building at Duns, they are now looking at creating a Berwickshire Access Panel.

Such panels can be involved in reviewing planning applications and developments from an access perspective and are also often involved in providing feedback to local and central Government on policies and frameworks which affect disabled people and the wider community.

Sylvia Crick, of Duns Access Group, explained: “We are a group of people who wish to establish an Access Panel for the Berwickshire area and we would like to invite you to join us!

“Access Panels are a great opportunity to meet other like-minded people with a common purpose. Some of us were involved in a successful campaign to get a ramp put onto the RBS bank in Duns – and there is a lot more to be done in the Berwickshire area!”

Their first informal session is on Wednesday, April 30, at the TEDDA Centre, Wellbraes, Eyemouth, from 11am-1.45pm.

If you would like to know more or simply have a chat about joining, please contact Sylvia Crick, 0131 454 9052, or sylvia.crick@arcuk.org.uk.

 

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