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Beach access project plans to invest in host of equipment and solutions

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Plans to make a beach in North West Wales the most accessible in the country have ‘snowballed’ to include substantial investment in additional equipment and solutions to provide comprehensive disabled access.

Residents in Pwllheli, on the Llyn Peninsula, have teamed with a local academy and community members to open up the town’s beach to everyone.

The project was initially launched to provide a single floating wheelchair and mats so wheelchair users could access the beach.

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But the campaign has since ‘snowballed’ and the project now includes plans to purchase a fleet of floating wheelchairs, full access to the shoreline and a new respite centre with full disabled access.

Heidi Bakewell has teamed with local residents and is pushing the proposals forward under a new community group called Access All Areas.

She told a local newspaper that the project aims to take three years and will apply to the National lottery and other grant sources to fund equipment, adaptations and solutions.

Ms Bakewell told Cambrian News: “The project came about when a disability group using Plas Heli was restricted to using just the building due to the lack of accessibility to the beach.

“This coincided with a friend of mine, Claire Kibblewhite-Walker, putting a post on Facebook about being fed up of not being able to take her son Lewis to the beach for exactly the same reason.

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