Norwich Hamlet Centre students take pavement petition to City Hall

A group of young adults with disabilities have taken their battle to get Thorpe Hamlet footpaths improved all the way to City Hall.

Many of the students at The Hamlet Centre are wheelchair users, and some of them decided to become campaigners in the community to highlight how bad they feel the footpaths are around the Ella Road centre.

Their campaign took them to Norwich's City Hall last week where they attended a meeting of the highways agency committee and delivered a 272-signature petition calling for something to be done about the footpaths.

The project has also included taking pictures of what a typical trip out and about around Thorpe Hamlet is like for a wheelchair user and publishing an internet blog.

At the meeting Leon Smith, an assistant at the centre, told councillors about the project the students had carried out.

He said: 'At the beginning of term we asked people what they felt strongly about.

'And they said at Thorpe Hamlet there are a lot of day care centres and schools, but getting from one side to another is diabolical because of the pavements and kerbs.

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'The students came up with a petition, especially given the fact is heavily used by three vulnerable groups – The Hamlet Centre Trust, Ellacombe Care Home and Marion Road Day Centre.'

Andy Watt, from Norwich City Council. thanked the students for their petition and asked if a representative from the authority could visit them to discuss it further.

He said that some money to introduce drop kerbs might be available through a �20,000 pot of cash made available by Norfolk County Council.

Julia Snow, fundraising manager at The Hamlet Centre, said the centre was extremely proud of all the students who have worked on the project, which they named The Path Project.

The students involved in The Path Project include Luke Mouncey, Kevin Threadgold, Ross Saunders and Jo Dunleavy.

To see their blog go to /2012/03/03/the-campaigners -the-path-project/

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