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Councillors sample disability problems



HART councillors took to the streets in wheelchairs or wearing dark glasses or earplugs on Tuesday as part of a day designed to show them day to day problems faced by the disabled.

Council Chairman Coun. Susan Band was first away followed by Jonathan Glen, Sharyn Wheale, Hugo Eastwood and Peter Shoesmith among others.

The day was organised by Hart Voluntary Action Group and Hart Access. Minders accompanied the councillors-not just to prevent them cheating but to stop them from getting into dangerous situations.

Hart Access Chairman, Coun. Ann Kern, told the Star: "It's something we have wanted to do for a long time. I think it will be an eye opener -for instance I advised them to wear gloves as if their wheelchairs go over dog mess they will end up with dirty hands!"

Another organiser, Coun. Rosemary Feltham, said they would still find pavements in the town without proper drop kerbs or with gradients that could take wheelchairs into roads.

** Hart councillors took a ride round Fleet in wheelchairs to see for themselves what disabled people have to face each day. Left to right in wheelchairs: Coun. Mrs Sharyn Wheal; Coun. Mrs Susan Band, Chairman of Hart Council; Coun. Jonathan Glen; and Derek Sked, Vice Chairman of Hart ACCESS. Standing: Sue Bowen, Beryl Hampton, Lesley Pollard, Malcolm Harris and Vic Soames.


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