We are often asked for help on access issues. As a small Charity, we are not able to help in every individual case. As a starting point, please refer to the following documents:
Gov.UK – “Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970” Section 20 states that an Invalid Carriage (scooter to us) is allowed on a Footpath
Gov.UK – “Public rights of way: rights and responsibilities” https://www.gov.uk/public-rights-of-way-rights-and-responsibilities#public-rights-of-way-and-cross-compliance
Natural England – “By All Reasonable Means” which the Disabled Ramblers helped to write: http://www.naturalengland.org.uk/Images/inclusivetcm2-27716_tcm6-4032.pdf
Natural England – “A Guide to Definitive Maps”
DEFRA – Rights of Way Improvement Plan: http://archive.defra.gov.uk/rural/documents/countryside/prow/rowip.pdf
Environment Agency – “Access for all design guide“: http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20140328084622/http://cdn.environment-agency.gov.uk/lit_7571_bba664.pdf
In general, remove all steps, stiles and, wherever possible, gates.
Centrewire supply a range of gates. Perhaps the least mobility un-friendly is the Aston 2-way gate. Users still have the problem of getting the gate open while on their scooter but at least it closes itself: http://www.centrewire.com/aston2way.htm
If kissing gates must be used, we recommend the Centrewire Woodstock Large Mobility which can be opened wide with the use of a RADAR key: http://www.centrewire.com/woodstock.htm
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