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Following many conversations with residents on Landport about the lack of dropped curbs around the estate and complaints that people using mobility scooters are forced into the road because the existing dropped curbs are inadequately placed, I have mapped the area with a group of residents to prove this to the council and address the problem. We have identified all of the existing dropped curbs (mainly for access to parking rather than access) as well as venues such as the Community Hub, local shop, Community Cafe, allotments and Community Garden. Most of these buildings are accessible for users of mobility scooters and wheelchairs, but frustratingly, the lack of lowered curbs mean that it is not safe for many to travel to them independently from across the estate, particularly from the sheltered accommodation on Newton Road.
This can lead to isolation for people who are not able to enjoy the many community projects in the area and is simply not good enough.
I have taken the map of community venues and access points (or lack of) including bus stops and lowered curbs, to Lewes Area Access Group (LAAG) who will soon be starting an Access Audit of the town. I have also identified two possible streams of funding through Lewes Town Council to begin work on improving access on Landport. I will be taking the map, research and information from LAAG to Landport Residents Association for approval in May and begin work on securing funding by applying for a grant and also presenting it to the town council working party on transport and road safety.