Sunday 18 August 2019

Wexford first county with beach wheelchairs

One of the new beach wheelchairs to be available at Curracloe and Rosslare.
One of the new beach wheelchairs to be available at Curracloe and Rosslare.
One of the new beach wheelchairs.

By Esther Hayden

Beach wheelchairs are now available at two of Wexford's Blug Flag beaches.

Curracloe and Rosslare are now fully accessibly to people in wheelchairs following the implementation of a novel idea first seen in France by Cllr George Lawlor.

In January Cllr Lawlor said he had seen beach wheelchairs while on holidays in France and thought they would be a great addition to Wexford beaches.

Last week Wexford became the first local authority in the country to introduce free beach wheelchairs for people with disabilities.

The pilot initiative will be in place at Curracloe and Rosslare initially but if it proves a success it will be rolled out to the county's other Blue Flag beaches.

The new initiative is working in conjunction with local businesses, The Surf Shack in Curracloe and Rosslare Community Development Association in Rosslare Strand and the projeect will be officially launched on Wednesday, July 15, at 2.30pm at Curracloe beach.

Cllr Lawlor said he is 'delighted that Wexford County Council is the first local authority in Ireland to introduce beach wheelchairs with the rolling out of this project. I first raised the matter in January and I am delighted that the accessibility officer with Wexford County Council, Caroline Horan, has moved so quickly to ensure these are now reality for people with disabilities.

'When I first saw them I thought they were a great idea and so helpful for those with disabilities to access the beach.'

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