Improve Disabled Accessible Parking And Less Dangerous Street Paving In Carlisle&Cumbria

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Me and my friend Sara, are starting this petition to call for better pavements, accessible walkways, and more accessible disabled spaces in Carlisle. We believe that Cumbria County Council has not thoroughly thought through the accessibility in the area.

Many disabled spaces in the area aren’t fit for purpose, for the use of a disabled person who dose not have the use of there legs, or others needing mobility aids, eg.. crutches, zimmers ect. Many disabled spaces are situated on uneven COBBLED roads. This in itself is a danger for those who are unsteady on there feet, and wheelchair users whose castors get caught, and are flung out their wheelchairs. Many aren’t placed near a drop kerb to make the access easier, or are awkwardly placed beside metal bollards, which make it a struggle to manoeuvre and fully open car doors. As anyone who has a disability knows this is of course a nessecity!  

Pavements are also a danger as many in town centre are cracked, loose and also uneven. To many a disabled person this is a very serious health and safety issue! I myself have fell out my wheelchair umpteen times in the city centre, and we feel shoddy pavements,and unaccessible parking, is impacting on our independence, and also the independence of many others.

We ask that as many people in Cumbria can sign this petition. Ones who may have seen family members struggle, and also ones who might not be disabled, but have noticed how unacceptable the pathways are becoming in the city centre. Hopefully we can get enough signatures to put forward to the Cumbria County Council to help improve Carlisle for us all. �



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