Calls to alter kerbs for disabled people

A DISABLED access route linking a housing estate to a parade of shops has been described as a “total waste of time”, with calls for it to be altered.

Darley Dale Town Council is seeking changes to the sloping walkway on Lime Grove, which leads to a pelican crossing on the A6.

A farm shop and a fish and chip shop are among those businesses on the opposite side of the crossing.

Although designed for those using mobility scooters or wheelchairs, raised kerbs are in place at both the top and bottom of the access route, making it impossible for either to pass.

The town council had asked Derbyshire Dales District Council to carry out the work about a year ago, but as of yet no changes have been made.

The issue was discussed at length during the recent monthly town council meeting.

Trish Ingham, Darley Dale Town Council clerk, said: “It’s a total waste of time because anybody with a mobility scooter or a wheelchair can’t possibly get up the kerbs.

“Darley Dale has a lot of elderly residents who use mobility scooters. The idea behind it was to build an alternative to using the steps but they can’t us it.

“It’s so frustrating, there are people who are not mobile, we are fed up of waiting.

“Derbyshire Dales District Council came up with three alternatives but we are still waiting.”

This was echoed by Cllr Andrew Bullock, who said: “It’s been going on for a long time.

“It’s been raised by members of the public and we’ve all come to same view that something should be done about it.

“I think a strong letter is needed.”

However, simply removing the kerbs would not mean the slope complies with the Disability Discrimination Act, partly because of its steep gradient.

Other options include laying an alternative zigzagged path to alleviate the issue, or create a new path further along the road.

A spokesman for Derbyshire Dales District Council confirmed that a survey on the footpath had been undertaken, and that options for improvements to the path were being considered.