Kate has shown her support for a wheelchair friendly scheme for local shops.
While out and about in Urmston, residents and local Disability Campaigners, Barry Winstanley and Steve Lumby noticed that though shop wheelchair access was often very good, this wasn’t immediately obvious from the outside.
Many shops have level access or purpose built permanent ramps so the way in for wheelchair users is obvious. However, other shops, particularly the older ones accessible via steps, could provide a portable ramp on request but this was not clear from outside.
This meant wheelchair users could feel that the shops were not accessible and take their custom elsewhere.
Barry and Steve found the solution to this when walking past Urmston business, the Prairie Schooner, which has step access but also a bell for wheelchair users to press to alert staff to put a portable ramp up against the step.
To encourage other businesses to follow the Prairie Schooner’s example, Barry and Steve have set up the ‘Bell and Ramp’ Scheme, which was officially launched on Friday 28th April at 3.45pm at the Prairie Schooner.
Urmston Partnership are supporting the scheme and shops can get involved by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
. Businesses which are already wheelchair accessible can ask for the ‘Wheelchair Friendly’ window sticker too.
The first businesses who wish to take part in the scheme can do so from just £25 as Scootamart, the mobility shop on Station Road in Urmston have kindly said that they will provide the ramps for half price, for the first 10 businesses referred to them by Barry and Steve.
Kate said, “I’m really pleased to be supporting the Bell and Ramp scheme to make our fabulous shops in Urmston and the rest of Trafford even more accessible to all.
“I’d encourage all businesses who haven’t already done so to take part and I’d like to thank Barry and Steve and, of course Robert from the Prairie Schooner for creating this innovative scheme.
Barry and Steve said, “The ‘Bell and Ramp’ Scheme is so simple and at such a low cost to the business, but it makes life that little bit easier for the wheelchair user.
“Urmston Partnership’s support is fantastic and will really get people behind the scheme – our thanks go out to David Mackereth and Bob Thomas-Carter of the Urmston Partnership for the massive help they are giving.
“If everybody gets behind this then it will be a resounding success and a great advert for Urmston businesses.”