Accessibility a priority as new plan considered
A total of nine submissions were made to Wexford Borough District highlighting the need for improved disability access.
The submissions received covered a wide range of issues from access to community facilities, dropped kerbing and crossing points on footpaths, access to public events and spaces, disabled parking provisions and locations, access to Wexford County Council services and to the council's public buildings.
The submissions were made both by members of the public and local organisations.
The members of the borough district heard that the four key objectives for the disability implementation plan were the size of the disabled parking bays; dropped kerbs at various locations in and around Mulgannon; the intersection of Bishopswater; Corish Park Summerhill and Clonard; access issues at Whitehill Industrial Estate and difficulty in navigating turnstile at Raven's Wood with the wheelchair.
In respect of the disabled parking bays the senior executive will review parking bays on the Quay and these will be extended if they don't have an adverse impact on traffic safety.
The engineer will also look at the locations where the need for dropped kerbs were highlighted with a view to providing upgrade works. An audit of Whitemill Industrial Estate will also be carried out while the difficulties at Raven's Wood will be passed on to the National Parks and Wildlife Service and the council will liase, if necessary, with them on providing a solution.
Access officer Caroline Horan said that 'the submissions and observations received from the public were informative and provide an enhanced understanding of the key access issues. There are many reoccurring issues in the submissions and it can be concluded that the local community consider these to be priority issues.'