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Portable Ramps for businesses

Portable ramps funded by the Shared Spaces Project have recently been delivered to local businesses.

‘Shared Spaces’ Launch of Portable Ramps Scheme April 2019 

 Hay Town Council was successful in gaining a grant of £10,000 from Natural Resources Wales in August 2018 as part of an overall £20,000 project called ‘Shared Spaces.’ 

‘This is a project aimed at improving the accessibility of both the countryside surrounding Hay-on-Wye and around the town centre itself in order to improve peoples’ health and wellbeing and enable more people to enjoy the natural world and Hay’s shops.

 As part of ‘Shared Spaces’, several portable ramps have been purchased for town centre businesses that have steps or are difficult to access. The portable ramps are very easy to use and shopkeepers have been given a guide how to use the ramps effectively. 

The ramps are to enable people with mobility issues, pushchairs or wheelchairs to access town-centre shops that they are currently unable to access because of steps.

 The following businesses have accepted a portable ramp:

  • Rohan Travel & Outdoor Clothes and Gear,
  • F W Golesworthy & Sons
  • Number Two,
  • British Red Cross,
  • Bain and Murrin

 Eve’s of Hay Cafe already has a portable ramp and has also joined the scheme.

The Chamber of Commerce are a member of the Shared Spaces Steering Group and have agreed to list the businesses involved in the scheme on their website. 

 All businesses with a ramp have been given a window sticker, so please keep an eye out for these stickers which show a wheelchair-friendly image on them.

 Councillor Josie Pearson, Deputy Mayor  & leader the of Miles Without Stiles, project  said:

Thanks to funding from Natural Resources Wales, Hay Town Council is able to provide portable ramps to our local businesses with particular access issues. The ramps will be a huge help to those with mobility issues. As a wheelchair user myself, I know how difficult it can be to enter some of Hay’s shops, and it is something I feel very strongly about trying to improve. Please look out for the wheelchair-friendly stickers in shop windows, and staff in these shops will be able to provide a ramp for you.”

 Laura Morris, Communications Officer for Natural Resources Wales, added:

“Natural Resources Wales helped fund ‘Shared Spaces’ through our grant aid programme. We are very pleased to be able to fund these portable ramps for businesses in Hay to enable more people to access shops that they might not have been able to in the past. I hope these ramps help improve the economy of Hay as well.”

 

Published on Wednesday 4th April 2019 by Trudy Stedman

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