Making our beaches more accessible

Yesterday, I attended my first official event as Portfolio Holder for Children and Young People. The event was held in Bude to celebrate the new beach access ramp at Widemouth Bay and at Summerleaze Beach two accessible beach huts for adults and children with disabilities. There is also the ability to hire a Draisin Plus Wheelchair Tandem from a local cycle hire business, Bude Cycle Hire who have worked in partnership with Cornwall Council to offer this service.

Cornwall has some of the best beaches in the country, sadly, not all are accessible. This is why the Changing Places Campaign has so important in making our wonderful environment more accessible. There is still much to be done, but the £240k investment by Cornwall Council is a great start. And the people at yesterday’s event were very grateful for this investment.

For me is was not just standing there for the photo and then going. It was a chance to spend the day ( and I could wear shorts and flip-flops) with parents, carers and Cornwall Council staff listening to their concerns. The main point the parents and carers put over was they wanted to be listened and consulted more when changes to services happen. The various groups also understand the council is facing some tough choices, but wanted to help the council with those decisions. It is a fair point they made, and one I will make sure the channels are always open for views to be exchanged. It was great to see local member Nigel Pearce popping down to share the day.

My simple message to those gathered was educate me, and I will see how I can help.

A few pictures from the event:

Ramp at Widemouth Bay

Ramp at Widemouth Bay

The new bike

The new bike

Not often you can wear flip-flops to work!

Not often you can wear flip-flops to work!

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