Today Monday 14-08-2017 I went to the WDC Disability Advisory group meeting to contribute my five cents worth, there were three councillors present, and representatives from disability groups of all types including deaf people also blind people and those less mobile like myself. I think I gave a good showing I was certainly one of the main contributors, I tend to have strong opinions and like to be heard. I strongly presented my case that council needs to differentiate between wheelchairs and mobility scooters.

accessible whangarei This is how the building industry sees accessibility

accessible whangarei This is how the building industry sees accessibility

Accessible walking tracks in Whangarei

Accessible walking tracks in Whangarei

Council explained and I agree with them that in many cases they council are unable to act because they are constrained by regulations. I accepted their reasoning. I brought up the case of ASB Walton street that I had asked council to investigate, and they declined because ASB was consented in 1984. I pointed out to council that I had been able to act against ASB and force them to build acceptable pedestrian entrances, because I believed their consented entrances were unsafe. This went down very well only about 12 people in the room and one of those 12 has had a fall at ASB before I forced change, she loves the new entranceway, her disability is blindness, so the message here is the work I am doing is designed to benefit all.

ASB side entance before

ASB side entance before

2017 new footpaths into the ASB bank

2017 new footpaths into the ASB bank

Another bit of news last night I started a petition here is the link please sign and share

Accessibility building regulations to allow mobility scooters access to public buildings the Petition is here