New easy access ramp now open in Hayle Beach
16th May 2014
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A beach in Cornwall is now far more accessible thanks to the construction of a new easy access ramp, a project which has been completed following four years of planning.
Sure to benefit both local residents and visitors alike, the new ramp at Hayle Beach stretches from the Bluff Inn down to the sands and has been designed to suit the needs of people living with mobility issues – such as those who rely on rise recliner chairs in the home.
Its construction has been enabled following the securing of £67,000 by Hayle Town Council, funds which were provided thanks to a Seaside Initiative from Cornwall Development Company in collaboration with Visit Cornwall. The remaining monies needed were provided by Cornwall Council, Hayle Town Council and the leisure company Bourne Leisure.
While it had previously been a difficult task for Hayle Town Council to find an appropriate path for the ramp to be installed, the council offers thanks to local landowners who permitted access through their land.
The opening of the ramp was marked in a special ceremony in the town, with Cornwall Council Leader John Pollard and Hayle mayor Jayne Ninnes among those who attended. During the ceremony, Mr Pollard said the ramp would be used by the elderly and those with disabilities, as well as young families.
Vaughan Temby, community engagement officer at DC, is delighted with the completion, adding that any addition that improves access to the beaches and coastlines of the county is very much welcomed.
It is a fine example of how councils up and down the country are doing more to improve the facilities available to those with mobility problems, meaning that those who use a walk in bathing solution or any of the other mobility aids available from Handicare to improve mobility at home now have more opportunities to explore the beautiful sights of Britain.
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