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Campaign for disability access in Crossmaglen gathers pace

Slieve Gullion Sinn Féin councillor Terry Hearty says his campaign to ensure the adequate  provision of disabled parking bays and full access to services for those with restricted mobility in Crossmaglen has moved a step closer to fruition.

The local councillor, who put forward a proposal at the Slieve Gullion DEA Forum to provide disabled access and parking bays throughout the town, recently met with local businesses to discuss the issue. Mr Hearty says the response to the issues involved has been positive.

“Crossmaglen has many services that people from across the south Armagh area do business with. In the town we have facilities such as the Bank, the Library, the Credit Union, The Health Centre, Accountants and Solicitors Offices, Citizens Advice and many other services,” he said.

“Latest figures show that we have over 1,000 Blue Badge Holders in our surrounding area. We so often see users of mobility scooters and wheelchairs having to go out on the road because their access is restricted. Any of our older people or people with a disability should be able to access services they require at their ease and without any inconvenience.”

The councillor revealed that a Department of Infrastructure representative will be attending the next DEA Forum meeting, where the department will be called upon to “act now to provide this basic right to people with disabilities.”

 “I can assure everyone that we will continue to lobby until this basic right is delivered.”