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Developers correct Rainham disabled parking spaces that failed to accommodate wheelchair users

PUBLISHED: 15:00 14 August 2017

A drop kerb providing disabled access to the Mardyke Community Centre has now been created. Picture: Andrew Geldard

A drop kerb providing disabled access to the Mardyke Community Centre has now been created. Picture: Andrew Geldard

Andrew Geldard

A construction firm has corrected an error which led to wheelchair users being unable to access a community centre’s disabled entrance.

New disabled parking spaces were created by developers Willmott Dixon so wheelchair users could more easily access the Mardyke Community Centre on the Orchard Village estate, Rainham.

But the firm mistakenly installed a dropped kerb in a non-disabled parking space and not in the disabled space.

Richard Murton, 50, of Lower Mardyke Avenue, Rainham, said the issue was creating a danger for his wheelchair-user wife, Lynne, 53, who has cerebral palsy.

She was being forced to go into the road and then up a ramp.

But after the Recorder stepped in, the construction firm quickly corrected the problem and created a dropped kerb in the disabled space.

“It was done the following day after the story appeared in the paper,” said Mr Murton.

“It’s a lot better now and it’s easy to get into the centre.

“It should have been done in the first place but it takes a kick up the bum to get things done sometimes.”

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