Lyme Regis invests in beach access solutions

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Lyme Regis council has agreed to invest in two schemes to improve access for disabled people on beaches in the town.

Two new beach wheelchairs and improved signage have been purchased by councillors who hope to pull in more disabled visitors.

24 new signs, costing £1,320 will be installed as part of the agreed accessibility budget for 2017/18. It has also been agreed that two beach wheelchairs, costing between £1,500 and £3,500 will be bought.

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The adapted wheelchairs feature larger wheels than usual so that they can be operated on sand.

Despite a lack of funding for wheelchairs in the initial budget, the council was able to pay for the new equipment thanks to a £300,000 surplus at the end of 2016/17.

A councillor was quoted by View News as saying: “We should have no hesitation in funding this currently unbudgeted expenditure from reserves. The wheelchairs will bring a real benefit to a section of the public which faces many difficulties.”

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