Accessible bus stops for wheelchair users in Ditchling

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Bus stops in Ditchling outside St George’s Retirement Home will be made wheelchair accessible by East Sussex County Council.

It agreed to provide £13,000 to fund the project at a Lead Member for Transport and Environment meeting at County Hall in Lewes on Monday March 23.

Part of the work will involve creating a raised kerb so wheelchair users will be able to get on the bus.

A spokesperson for the county council said: “In terms of the timescale, our engineers will shortly be undertaking a safety visit to make sure that the upgrades to the bus stops will not introduce any new safety hazards.

“Once this is complete, we will be arranging for our highways contractor to start work. We expect the work to be completed by the summer.”

Last January Conservative county councillor Jim Sheppard (Newick) was asked by Tom Jones, Conservative district councillor for Ditchling, if he could raise the matter with the county council.

At the end of February he presented a petition with more than 1,000 signatures to the council to highlight the problem.