Support for making bus stop in Ditchling wheelchair accessible

Bus stop
Bus stop

A campaign to improve access to buses for wheelchair users living at a Ditchling retirement home attracted support this week.

Residents at St George’s Park were visited by Lewes district councillor Tom Jones, cllr Jim Sheppard from East Sussex County Council and Conservative prospective MP Maria Caulfield.

The county council said it had included improvements to the bus stops in the budget for the next financial year.

A spokesperson for the county council said: “We are aware of the concerns of wheelchair users using the bus stop in Ditchling Road and have included improvement work in our draft capital programme for local transport improvements for the next financial year.

“The capital programme is subject to approval from the lead member for transport and environment, who will be reviewing all schemes put forward for inclusion in the programme and making a decision at the end of March.”

Many residents at St George’s are struggling to use buses in Ditchling Road because of the height of the kerbs at the bus stops.

For wheelchair users this can be a problem as the kerbs on both sides of the road are too low to allow buses to lower ramps for wheelchair users.

St George’s resident Alan Robertson is leading the campaign and hasstarted a petition. He has also met county council officials to discuss securing the £13,000 needed to raise the kerbs.