March pavements not wide enough for wheelchairs, says disabled woman

A DISABLED woman has complained that pavements in March are not wide enough for wheelchairs.

Thelma Cozens has written to Cambridgeshire County Council about a path in March High Street which is not wide enough for her electric wheelchair because of a lamppost which is in the way.

The pavement also slopes into the road, which means she often ends up in a “dangerous situation” when trying to navigate her way through.

“It is terrifying as you feel as you are tip right over in the chair,” said the 57-year-old, who is deaf and suffers from spinal problems.

“Because of this when I am coming home I now have to go on the road from Lloyds Bank with all the other traffic, which is somewhat dangerous, especially with me being profoundly deaf too.”

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Mrs Cozens, of Morton Avenue, March, also says the new cobbled crossing opposite Jubilee Court means her chair has ended up sliding into the road while a car has come round the corner.

“I appreciate that the council has put these special cobbled crossings down for the blind, but they have created other problems in doing so,” she said.

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A Cambridgeshire County Council spokesman said the authority would look into her concerns and contact her to discuss them.

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