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PARK PETITION: Garston residents demand improvements for disabled visitors

 Published on: 31st October 2019   |   By: Alex Pearson   |   Category: Uncategorized

A physically impaired Garston resident has started an e-petition for a popular park to become disability-friendly as she finds struggles to get around the space.

Karen Bell, who uses a mobility scooter to take her dog out, said her and other disabled residents aren’t able to fully enjoy Lea Farm Recreation Ground because a lack of paths makes it difficult to navigate scooters and wheelchairs.

Karen said that she created the petition because, while Hertfordshire County Council have said making the park more disability-friendly has been on its list to do, she’s seen no progress since she flagged it up two years ago.

She hopes that her new Change.org petition will show the council how much residents want to see improvements to the park.  

Karen said: “Having also spoken to other people that use the park, several of them have told me that they have disabled family and friends that don’t come and use the park because they cannot get round it safely in their wheelchairs or on their mobility scooters.  It’s especially tough at this time of year due to the rain and also when there is snow, as it means anything with wheels, including pushchairs and children’s bicycles, get stuck in the mud. 

“I have been told that Hertfordshire County Council have it on the list of things to do but since I have been told this for over two years now and nothing has happened, I’m taking it upon myself to get the council to take action and put pathways in to join the existing ones up.”

To see the petition, go to change.org and search ‘Lea Farm Park Perimeter Path’

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