Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Brook-Gordon's Campaign Pays Off As Disabled Access Improved

Workmen moved in to improve access for the disabled on Cambridge’s Huntingdon Road after a sustained campaign by councillor, Belinda Brooks-Gordon.

Cllr Brooks-Gordon who represents Castle ward on Cambridgeshire County Council, took up the fight to help wheelchair user Ian Howell and other disabled residents living on the NIAB development.

They were finding it difficult to make the short trip from their homes to the garage shop in Huntingdon Road because the lack of a dropped kerb on the north side of Whitehouse Lane meant they had to go in the road.

Ian, of Kings Court, who suffers from Cerebral Palsy was worried about going out on his own for fear that he might fall out of his wheelchair.

When workmen finally arrived to install the new kerb, Cllr Brooks-Gordon, who suffers from Lupus and is registered disabled, put on a hard hat to make sure that the job was finished.

She said: “I have campaigned tirelessly for this work to be carried out and I am delighted it has finally been done.

“It might seem a very simple issue but for disabled people who rely on a wheelchair the lack of this drop kerb has meant they have had to go into the road to get to the shop. This was totally unacceptable and fraught with danger.”

Cllr Brooks-Gordon Puts On A Hard Hat To Check The Work
Outside The NIAB Development