Cambridge business forced to close over disabled access

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A business in Cambridge has closed and others fear for their own units after a disabled woman took the owner of a cafe to court of the lack of disabled access.

28 letters in total were sent to shops in Cambridge and seven court actions were filed back in March which sparked fears that shops in the area could go out of business if the disabled woman’s claims were won. A number of shops are already being sued.

The cafe is being sued for £10,000 after it lost its case. Country court papers seen by a local newspaper show the cafe as in the centre of an allegation of “harassment, victimisation and discrimination arising from disability’ as well as ‘failure to make reasonable adjustments”.

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Businesses in the area held an emergency meeting to support one another following the court action.

The disabled customer says she has been raising her concerns “informally” with businesses in the area for the past seven years. She added that the Equality Act requires shops to make reasonable adjustments to accommodate disabled people.

She told The News that most traders in the area have now invested in ramps.

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