Disabled woman hits out at ‘dangerously steep’ crossingBy Alice Murphy
May 25, 2010
A wheelchair user who complained about a steep road crossing is hopeful the problem can be remedied.
Ann Buckle, who lives in Finchampstead Road, has written to councillors, Wokingham Borough Council’s highway department and its access officer after continually struggling with the crossing outside the California Ratepayers Hall.
Ms Buckle uses a wheelchair and says the steepness of the crossing causes issues for wheelchairs and parents pushing buggies.
The crossing, which has been in place since 2007, was designed to help people going to California Ratepayers Hall and using California Crossroads.
Ms Buckle met Finchampstead ward councillor Mike Gore on Saturday, May 8, to show him how difficult it is to use the crossing.
She said: “I am trying to get something done about the dangerous pedestrian crossing.
“The crossing has been made so that the ramps from the pavement to the road are far too steep.
“It is impossible to avoid the steep ramp on the side of the road opposite the Ratepayers Hall.
“On the other side of the road avoiding the ramp can be achieved if you get across a rutted and often muddy patch of grass.”
She said the meeting with Councillor Gore was “great”.
“I was able to demonstrate how when you go over the dimpled paving it throws you into the road,” she said.
“He [Cllr Gore] said he will take the matter to the council’s highways department. We are all going to be financially strapped for cash in the future but this is extremely dangerous.
“It shouldn’t cost too much to lay some paving.”
Ms Buckle has had MS since 1981 and first complained about the crossing shortly after it was built in 2007 but has decided to take the matter up again.
She said: “The first time I used the crossing I went past it to go to the doctor’s in Finchampstead Road and the side was so steep I was literally thrown into the road in my wheelchair.
“If there was a bit of flat paving it would be possible for wheelchairs and pushchairs to get around without having to go into the patch of grass which is often rutted.
“This is on the map now so hopefully something will be done.”
Cllr Mike Gore, ward member for Finchampstead North, said: “I have been to the highways department to report it.
“I understand the problems she has got and it is up to the relevant departments to look into it now.”