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Wheelchair user forced to duck under railings to gain access to Norwich park

PUBLISHED: 08:34 14 July 2018 | UPDATED: 09:16 15 July 2018

Eileen Buckingham has to duck under railings to get into the Cringleford Pavilion

Eileen Buckingham has to duck under railings to get into the Cringleford Pavilion

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A woman has highlighted how railings to stop cyclists in parks 'make life even tougher' for wheelchair users.

Suzanne Seyghal has urged town planners to think about those with disabilities after her mother-in-law was forced to duck under railings to gain access to Cringleford Pavilion.

Mrs Seyghal filmed a video of her husband Graham and mother-in-law Eileen Buckingham, who has Parkinson’s, struggling to get under the railings to highlight the problem.

Mrs Seyghal tweeted the clip, which has since been retweeted 1,000 times, and wrote: “Sometimes, in a bid to keep out cyclists, town planners mainly manage to make life even tougher for wheelchair users... #ParkinsonsInThePark #Disability #Limbo #Norwich #ParkLife #Headache”

Although there are other entrances to the park which don’t have the railings, the entrance in Mark Lemmon Close is the nearest to Eileen’s house.

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Mrs Seyghal said: “To get in this way, the entrance by her house, she had to try to duck her head under the railings as otherwise we would have had to drive to the main entrance, which isn’t the point.

“She had to go under two on the way in, so two to get out again.”

After she tweeted Norfolk County Council to make them aware of the problem, there was ‘confusion’ over who was responsible for the path.

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The County Council replied: “We want to see people friendly paths too so we’ll see if there’s anything we can do to help the path owners make this path accessible for all.”

We contacted the County Council, Cringleford Parish Council and South Norfolk Council and all three said they weren’t responsible for the railings.

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