Dear Ashford Borough Council,
Please could you confirm how the Equality Act has been applied when you approved the construction of Parkland Driver as part of the Chilmington Green development?
In particular I would like to know how a pedestrian crossing refuge with a width of only 1.3 metres can be considered when the average length of a wheelchair (including an assistant pushing the chair) is 1.75 metres? [source: Department for Transport]
The decision to approve the construction of the road with this narrow pedestrian refuge meant that our terminally ill Nan could not safely use the crossing as she was wheelchair bound and was therefore discriminated against by your approval of this crossing.
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Dear Mr Broughton, Further to your recent enquiry and our acknowledgement,
please find attached the Local Planning Authority's final response to your
enquiry. Should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact
us. Regards, Artemis Christophi
Thank you for the response.
For clarity, are you saying that as Ashford Borough Council did not consider the Equality Act nor your own cycling strategy for this development as the detailed work fell under the s278 agreement between Kent County Council and the developers?
I appreciate the comment about their being a path on the other side of Coulter Road, however your point fails to consider my overarching point that cyclists and other vulnerable users - including those using wheelchairs and pushchairs - cannot safely access this other path due to the new crossings built. The new crossings have created a barrier to such users and therefore it provides no use to residents on Hedgers Way nor the new Chilmington Green development, discouraging active travel.
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