Hull city centre regeneration ‘making life difficult for disabled’

Published: Wednesday 27th January 2016 by KCFM

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A Hull wheelchair athlete says disabled people are struggling to access the city centre due to the regeneration work.

Kai Gill welcomes the improvements, but says many disabled people are struggling to access the city centre because of the work being carried out ahead of Hull’s City of Culture year in 2017.

Mr Gill, a Hull College student, wants Hull City Council to provide maps to illustrate where the work is taking place.

He said: “All we need is just for someone to sit down with us, whether it’s a council member or a contractor who’s doing these works and say, ‘look, how can we make this easier for you without someone needing to help you?’ I just think people will appreciate that a lot more.

“I’ve got no problem with the works happening, I’m happy with all the work for the City of Culture in 2017. But I just think different things, such as leaflets being handed out to say, ‘this is where the works are happening’ would be helpful so we can plan a different route for where we need to be.

“For any disabled person, what they need is just their own independence. They don’t want someone to hold on the back of their chair or even hold on to them while they’re walking over the ramps that are shaking and made out of wood.”

Hull City Council says it is working hard to ensure full access to shops and around the city centre and is encouraging anyone experiencing difficulties to contact them.

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Published: Wednesday 27th January 2016 by KCFM

Comments (2)
  • Philip Hilton

    It as to be done-simple as that-as for the disabled people,one would think that they will have to adapt.

  • John E Pallister BA

    This city has never really gone out of it’s way to be ‘disabled friendly’, the City hall, last time I was there, if you had a disablity, you had to use a dingy lift at a side entrance.

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