Thursday March 22, 2018
Locals urge action on lack of disabled parks By Jamie Adams
Just one disabled park is all they are calling for, but getting it is proving near impossible for Brooklyn’s residents. The matter was raised at a meeting between the Brooklyn Residents’ Association and ward councillors earlier this month. One resident who spoke to the Cook Strait News, Keith Flint, says
it is “quite ridiculous” that such a significant suburb of Wellington does not presently have a disabled park. “The resource centre had two disability parks outside it but they’re not there anymore,” he says. “We identified places where parks could go but one of the councillors said angled parking was not appropriate as there has to be gap of 0.5 metres each side.”
Keith says he is “frustrated” with the council’s lack of urgency. “We have an increasing amount of traffic. We do have parking problems. They’ve got their priorities wrong.” BRA president Perry Aspros says the association had been calling for just one, on Cleveland Street, in or near the suburban shopping area. “We need one - 104 people in the Brooklyn/Kingston area have
Strathmore Park Community Centre co-ordinator Toni Taylor, right, and CAB Wellington area manager Lucy Trevelyan. PHOTO: Jamie Adams
Citizens Advice Bureau comes to Strathmore Park By Jamie Adams
Wellington Citizens Advice Bureau has set up a new satellite clinic in Strathmore Park. The clinic will operate on the first and third Wednesday of every month. “We are running it every alternative fortnight here and in Raukawa,” CAB Wellington area manager Lucy Trevelyan says. “We started it on March 7 and we’re hoping to increase the frequency.” For
At the moment it’s the first and third Wednesday of each month from 10am to 11.30am. The clinics offer information and advice on “absolutely anything”. “It might be about housing, flatting, tenancy issues, immigration. CAB has five branches in Wellington, including Kilbirnie and Newtown. Lucy plans to put up posters in schools and supermarkets to add to publicity. Strathmore Park centre co-ordinator Toni Taylor says the CAB
service will connect Strathmore Park and Raukawa centres with their other services they offer such as budget advice, community law clinics and Skills4Life. She says the great thing about their presence is there is now less travel required for those who live in the area as beforehand there had not been any bureaux available on the peninsula. Lucy says the volunteers really look forward to providing information and advice services to the residents of Strathmore Park.
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disability parking stickers,” Perry says. “We reckon there could be angled parking by the fire station. Needing 0.5 metres of space on either side is baloney.” Lambton ward councillor Brian Dawson says while there is scope for a disability park, the question is where it should be. “I have advocated for a solution but the residents’ association has to be realistic on location,” Brian says. “It doesn’t work having it near the fire station because it’s on a slope which makes it
too dangerous for wheelchair users.” Brian says suggestions of having one on the flat end of Cleveland St have been resisted by shop owners worried it would affect business. One possibility would be converting the taxi space in Jefferson St. Brian says the council has the power to convert the space but it would need to consult with taxi drivers first. Perry says the association will continue to lobby for a solution with the help of CCS Disability Support.
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