I'm in the UK, in Scotland with our own legal system.
2 years ago I asked for a dropped kerb outside my flat. I'm in a wheelchair. The kerb is over 4 inches. The NHS gave me a manual chair. I lack the strength to get up or down the kerb. Even if I bought a powerchair the camber of the road dips toward the pavement, none of the powerchairs I tried could do it either. The pavement is just over a yard wide. On bin days (garbage/rubbish collection) I cannot pass along the pavement in my chair. My only option is to go on the road. There are no driveways, the kerb is continuous along the whole street.
Every so often someone comes to see me and tells me the work will be done in a couple of months, but nothing happens. They just left, saying it will be done by March.
Hey lindsayo, sorry to hear about the situation. Waiting over 2 years is ridiculous! If it's right outside your flat, is there any way someone could put a small ramp or will that obstruct things on the road?
Post by hybroanglid on Dec 12, 2016 21:12:05 GMT -8
This sounds like something a news outlet might find interesting. TV is especially helpful for this kind of thing. Who, exactly, is responsible for making it happen, and who is telling you it will be done? Do you happen to have anything in writing about the situation? I think you might want to communicate with them one more time about it, POLITELY, of course, but pointing out the procrastination (and really, lies) and the hardship it causes you. I would put it in writing. In fact, ALL communication from here on should either be in writing, or be acknowledged in writing (I.e., "thank you for your recent phone call regarding this issue", etc.). If there is no real commitment and a precise plan offered pretty much immediately, I would call a local tv station or newspaper. Basically, you need support, somebody to lean on whoever is responsible for making these promises. Do it carefully; you don't want enemies, but some people and companies will do whatever you allow them to get away with. It's a shame, but it does often fall to us to fight for our own fair access and for promises of such to be kept.
Some other options would be to call a disability advocacy organization, either local or national, to ask for their guidance or even representation. And don't forget your local MP or other representative. My uncle is a state senator, and he often reminds me that THIS is what they are elected to do. They represent YOU, but they can only do that if they know what's going on, so let yours know! 😊
This is a ridiculous situation! It's unfair and unsafe...and ultimately, it's in their (whoever 'they' are) interest to prevent a horrible accident that could cost you your life and them a LOT of money in legal action against them.