Equality News Update: Mum’s long wait for dropped kerb to support disabled daughter goes on

Lengthy delays in providing dropped kerbs for locals who need them in Fife could be a human rights issue, it has been claimed.

The suggestion comes after it emerged a Tayport woman has been waiting for more than four years for such a measure to support her severely disabled daughter, who is in a wheelchair.

Lynne Liddel initially requested a dropped kerb near her house to enable her to take her daughter Keri, 18, to the local shops, but there has been no action taken to date — and indeed no sign of any work forthcoming.

Now Councillor Tim Brett, who represents the Tay Bridgehead ward, has taken up the mantle and insists Fife Council needs to take the issue far more seriously amid fears there may be a number of similar cases across the region.

“Unfortunately there are a number of other requests for dropped kerbs in my ward, a total of five, but it’s not clear when this dropped kerb will be installed,” Mr Brett explained.

“I am now concerned that this is another example of the financial pressures on the transportation service as it appears that dropped kerbs are something which they try and do towards the end of the financial year, if there is money left.

“We should be aware of the needs of disabled people and there are increasing numbers of people using both wheelchairs and motorised scooters who rely on dropped kerbs to be able to access facilities within our communities.

 

 

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Read more at:

https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/fife/584074/mums-long-wait-for-dropped-kerb-to-support-disabled-daughter-goes-on/

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lewisbainbridge

Information and Communications Assistant at Fife Centre for Equalities