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Local council set to agree £6,000 funding to make town disability friendly

The local council in Basildon is set to agree £6,000 of funding in order to make the town disability friendly and more accessible.

A report in the Basildon Echo detailed how the authority wants to fund its new inclusive Basildon borough project to make the town more inclusive for all.

It is expected that the first stage of the process will see the council speak with businesses and stakeholders as well as considering improvements, such as fully accessible toilets.

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The Echo’s report goes on to detail how charities are also calling for opportunities such as more jobs and also support from retailers.

Maggie Blackburn, manager of the Papworth Trust, said: “There are some changes that shops can be considering such as wider doors and more wheelchair friendly areas. Stores also need to look at the height of shelves and width of the aisles; many disabled people want to be independent and not rely on asking for help.”

Adding: “People tell us they like the automatic doors but say the timings of them are not always very good. It is always good have more adaptations to the community and services on offer. It shows disabled people they are being thought about and that the place is a disabled friendly area.”

Basildon Council is set to consider the plans at a public meeting next week.

In another move to make the local area disability friendly, councillors on Merseyside yesterday called for more accessible taxis in the region.

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