Disabled Coffs Harbour resident Mark Collis says facilities in the CBD are inadequate.
Disabled Coffs Harbour resident Mark Collis says facilities in the CBD are inadequate.

Coffs disabled in uphill battle

COFFS Harbour disabled resident Mark Collis has voiced issues with disabled access around the Coffs Harbour CBD.

Mr Collis, who is wheelchair bound, feels that much of the CBD ramps onto roads and some footpaths aren't adequate for use by elderly and disabled pedestrians. Mr Collis said steep inclines make it 'so much harder' to get around the CBD.

Mr Colllis also points out that it is easier to negotiate a crossing at the driveway of the Coffs Hotel bottle shop and the ramp at the ANZ car park because they are 'low and wide'.

Coffs Harbour City Council, which is responsible for roads and footpaths in the CBD, except for Grafton Rd, said that the ramps meet regulations. All kerb ramps are to be a minimum of 1.2 metres wide and the slope's incline must not exceed eight units long to one unit high.

Although at the intersection of Grafton Road and Harbour Drive outside the Coffs Harbour Hotel the gradient isn't up to the standard.

“The RTA is always interested in the safety of pedestrians and it is not aware of difficulties with wheelchair access at the Harbour Drive intersection,” a RTA spokesperson said.

“RTA staff will be in contact with Coffs Harbour City Council to determine if modifications are required to ensure a safe crossing for people in wheelchairs.”



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