Councillors call for mobility equipment to be installed across Ulster parks

Meriden SwingAccessible parks like this one in Watford are gaining increasing demand. Photo credit : Simon Jacobs

Mid-Ulster could see an influx of demand for specialist play equipment after a strong call for an audit on parks regarding the availability of equipment for disabled children.

A Sinn Féin councillor said that facilities in the district were inadequate and has already helped to push some accessibility improvements.

Mid-Ulster District Council has already announced it will be making paths more accessible for wheelchair users following pressure from campaigners.

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Councillor Niamh Doris told local newspaper, Tyrone Times: “I know this only a small change but one that I hope will help make life a little easier for residents living in Coalisland and I will continue to work towards campaigning for better facilities for those with disabilities.”

Already the council has installed play equipment at some of its facilities, including Fairhill in Cookstown, for children with learning difficulties.

Mid-Ulster District Council held seven public consultation events across the area earlier this year offering the general public a say in the future provision of play areas and public parks.

It is thought that the ‘Strategic Plans’ will provide direction for the council in managing and developing parks and play facilities, programs, infrastructure, resources and investment over the next three-years.

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