My Disabled Rights in the Community.
And where/who or which department are liable for dealing with such issues. Can we as a disabled individuals insert any pressure on the grounds of, Disabled discrimination and the lack of adequate parking places for the less able bodied.
Another big issue I have with my high street is, the lack of wheelchair support. When you look at the high street from the start at the main crossroads in Lockerbie. Which are pedestrian crossing maintained, they are in fact the only safe place a wheelchair user can cross from one side of the high street to the other side. So an example of how poor this high street is. If you are outside the town hall, on the high street and would like to go to the library. Which is easily seen from the town hall, and if you were an able bodied person. You could cross the road, if clear and walk to the library in about 150 yards approx, and it would take only a few minuets. But to do the same by wheelchair, you would have to travel the full length of the high street down to the pedestrian crossing lights. Where you can cross safely without the possibility of being hit by a vehicle. You then would have to go back up the other side of the high street to gain access to the library. This could take at a guess around 10-15 minuets, and is several hundreds if not thousands of meters from one side to the other. Now again any able bodied person can just cross the road at any point as long as its clear to do so. But this is not an option for many disabled and feeble elderly people. Another issue for the council to address is of putting in an extra set of pedestrian crossing lights at the other end of the high street. This again is something that I feel is a discrimination of the disabled, forcing them to use and have only one access point of safe road crossing. Where the able bodied can cross wherever they please. So what are our rights in the community, do we have any, can we force the council to take action, are any laws being broken, are any civil rights being abused and not enforced.
We surely have the right to have more than one safe place to cross a high street, if this was in London, Glasgow, or Edinburgh then this would be dealt with urgently. Or if it was needed outside or by a school, again the council would be their with knobs on. Will you then help me in trying to bring around a change to Lockerbie and the unsafe and less disabled friendly high street. That is if you can. I feel that I would be speaking on behalf of all disabled users and shoppers of the high street. That these points I have raised are indeed genuine valid reasons that demand a change to be made. I also hope that you might include a regular spot entitled "Your rights in the community" that will give all disabled viewers an access point to ask about their rights when they go out and about in the community. I hope this section could pass on useful information and advice for us the disabled to know our rights and what we are allowed and should accept as our rights in society. There are a lot of us that have no idea of what we are entitled to or not, also there is a lot of misinformation that could lead to arguments and controversy when it comes to disabled rights.
For example what are the rights about access for wheelchair users into any commercial or professional building, what are the rights about disabled toilet facilities, when a shop or store, or any other building used by the general public, that has access to toilet facilities for able bodied but not disabled bodied, is this wrong, is this illegal. Also what about stores that use pedestrian walking space to place and display goods in store on the floor. Restricting yet again the accessibility around the store, not only making it none wheelchair friendly but also creating a fire/trip hazard within the store. Again what are our rights to be able to move around a store in a wheelchair with ease and not restrictions. Another major issue for disabled and especially wheelchair users is just trying to get through the front door as there are a very large number of shops, businesses, stores, and companies, that have no automated access at the entrance of their property/ buildings. This then forces the less able bodied or wheelchair users to wait for some kind passer by to aid the access into the property, but what are our rights, do we have any, should their be automated access to the property. Where do we go to find out the answers to these questions and loads of other questions of a similar nature or that are linked to the question "What are our rights" ?
I do hope that you can and will help me and others that are in a similar position. I have started trying to make a change by contacting my local council, but its knowing what to say and how to say it, as I'm Dyslexic this is often a big issue. But if there were online letters that you can download and use to start your complaint or raise attention to your concerns about the disabled issues then this would be a huge help for me and others. I have also tried contacting my local MSP to try to get some person of influence to come onboard and help fight our causes, I know some politicians like to have some local good cause that they can claim of trying to help. Although I have not yet heard back, and I treat all politicians as they are looking out for their own agenda, which is usually the case as they look after their own interests and that of their party first, so I won't hold my breath on this one, if he does get in touch and will help then I will drop you a line. But in the meantime if you can help me with the issues I've raised and with my concerns about a regular feature, then I would be most grateful. I would also be prepared to offer my services in helping with the regular slot, It would help me by allowing me to become more involved, after recently becoming a widower, to have something to focus on and allowing me to become part of the online community that try to help others in a similar position. obviously I would know that my advice would be checked and vetted, but it would give me the focus of trying to research and find information for others to use and find helpful. If I can help in some way then I am willing to give it a try, so thank you for all your help and assistance you provide.
Thank You. Gordy.