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New public footpath Persimmon homes development Coed Duffryn Aberaman


“Improve Access for All routes”
“Develop access for all protocol, including access for mobility and sensory disability access. Survey network accessibility and map potential routes. Prioritise disabled access improvements in and around popular countryside sites.”

Please can you advise as to why you as an authority do not follow your own rights of way improvement plans?

Would your planning department and highways department be aware of Improve access for mobility all new footpaths routes CRoW Act 2000?

There is general agreement among guidelines that an 8 per cent (1 in 12) slope is the maximum that may be used; anything greater than this will cause difficulties for manual wheelchair users.

Please explain why you as a local authority would allow the development and installation of a new public footpath that will not comply with Disability Discrimination Act where there is ample room on the site for compliance with the Act?

Please explain how manual wheelchair users can access and negotiate the public footpath installed at Coed Duffryn?

e-mailed today to customer Services RCTC

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AberdareOnline response to RCTC Customer Services

It is pointless you providing links to information if you as a council do not abide by the rules of development.

The new footpath is far to steep for wheelchair access but anything goes in RCT it would seem, the link you provided in your response says:
What are the Council’s responsibilities?

The council has a responsibility under the umbrella of Development Control, which means control of all types of developments within RCT and includes the approval of design and planning of public footpaths.

Not everyone can afford an electric wheelchair

Perhaps the link below may be of help

Planning and access for disabled people: a good practise guide

This is another case of developers doing what they want in RCT and the council allowing them with no repercussions.

Is all this site is about moaning? You people moaned it wasn't a path now it's a path you moan. The bridge path leading from lewis street to Asda is steeper shall we pull down the bridge and raise the adjoining road as I'm sure it is not a 1 : 12.

So you don’t think disabled people should be considered when designing new developments?

As for the old bridge it was constructed well before new legislation for disabled came in to force, I think it was built to take rubbish carts to the tip as you may be aware Coed Duffryn is built on an old rubbish tip.

Where it is possible to help disabled people when laying down a new path why not get it right first time developers just think of the money they have to spend.

The new path will be interesting in frosty weather.

If you don’t like AberdareOnline simple don’t look at it no one is forcing you

Lewis please point out where I stated that as I'm pretty sure there was no mention of that. It seems that all people on here do is moan about the estate it's one thing after another will you lot ever be happy??

The post is about disabled access there are new laws around that are put into place to help people that are disabled don’t forget not all disabled people use wheelchairs.

Regrettably anything goes in RCT it would seem

Accessible Britain Challenge

The Accessible Britain Challenge calls on local communities to become more accessible and inclusive for disabled people.

The aim is to encourage individuals and organisations to work with the UK’s 12.2 million disabled people to remove barriers that stop them from playing a full and active part in their communities.

Shopping is the most difficult experience according to disabled people, followed by going to the cinema, theatre and concerts. Pubs and restaurants were third on the list. There are also problems accessing libraries, art galleries, museums and sporting events.

At the end of the challenge, communities that are making a real difference will be recognised through new awards including:

. Improved mobility
. Innovative use of buildings, places and spaces
. Safer neighbourhoods
. Inclusive social activities.

The challenge follows the Government’s disability strategy “Fulfilling Potential: Making it happen”.

when don't you contact the local Councillor