Local council puts disabled access at heart of park plans

Councillors in Hartlepool have set out further investment in several parks to provide more facilities, with some focus on improving disabled access.

The plans come as part of Hartlepool’s neighbourhood investment programme.

A report in the Hartlepool mail detailed how councillors have now chosen to fit a new wheelchair accessible roundabout among a range of other features in local parks.

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Council leader Coun Shane Moore added more equipment for those with disabilities would be installed at play parks going forward.

According to the local news source, he said: “I think it’s also worth noting the commitment this committee made last year, in any new or existing play areas when we make changes to them, accessible equipment will be installed in all of them.”

While Councillor Sue Little, who represents a local area on the council, said: “To have this swing put in Seaton Park, for those children and young adults who have never been on a swing because they’re in a wheelchair, I’m so proud to be a Seaton ward councillor.”

The proposals were all approved by councillors on Hartlepool Borough Council’s Finance and Policy Committee.

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