Seventh beach wheelchair launched but dismay over parking space
Wexford County Council officially launched their seventh beach wheelchair at Ballinesker Beach last week, although its storage unit did cause consternation to some local beach users
The latest chair was donated by Lantern Events. The wheelchairs are designed to allow more users to access the beach. They are available at Blue Flag Beaches including Carne, Curracloe (White Gap), Duncannon, Morriscastle, Rosslare Strand, Kilmore Quay, and now Ballinesker. The chairs can be booked through the Wexford County Council website.
However, not everyone was happy with the development as a metal shed, designed to store the wheelchair in, was erected on one of just two wheelchair spaces in the beach car park. Local beach users lamented the loss of the car parking space, including Sarah Murphy who said the development was disappointing considering the fact that Wexford had been so progressive in the area of disability with the beach wheelchairs in recent years. She said she had subsequently been assured by a member of council staff that the space would be replaced.
Wexford County Council confirmed this, saying: 'The hut for the beach wheelchair was placed on a disabled parking space as it is the best place to locate the chair. An additional disabled space will be provided shortly to ensure the same number of spaces will be available. We will also be putting signage on the hut to inform people how to book the chair.'