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category mayo | health / disability issues | press release author Friday April 14, 2006 15:10author by Cllr Keith Martin - Labour Member Westport Town Council Report this post to the editors

Westport Town Council should be leading the way in the area of Disability Access
Consultation with disabled required
Consultation with disabled required

With respect to disability access in Westport there is no more qualified to advise us on the issue that the disabled of this town.

There is no point to unilateral action being taken on the matter. We need to consult and work with the disabled and their representatives and organizations in the town if we are to make any progress on this issue.

7% of our population has a disability of one form of another and as the population ages this number will increase.

Westport’s progress in this matter has stalled. We set up a Disability committee in July 2005 and that committee has never met. I have no interest on serving on a committee that never meets. Worse again those disabled people and their representatives grow increasing frustrated with our lack of progress and near complete lack of communication. Meeting after meeting has been postponed.

Now no doubt the Town Clerk or Town Manager can reel off a number of initiatives with regard to increasing access in the town that we have undertaken since July 2005 but they are meaningless if they are done without consultation with those affected most by them. And I can assure this council that no matter how long the list of achievements is it is dwarfed by the list of things that need to be done.

I am aware that the Family Resource centre are facilitating a Disability Access Committee and this is now setting about contacting and working with businesses in the town towards increasing access. It is a shame that one of the organizations which is slowest to come on board is Westport Town Council which signed up to the Barcelona Declaration in 2003 yet has not meet with this committee.

Westport Town Council should be leading the way in the area of Disability Access yet it seems we have to be dragged. If there is no action by our May meeting then I will be quitting our Barcelona Committee.

Related Link: http://www.votekeithmartin.com/consultwith6c.htm

 #   Title   Author   Date 
   Electorial accessibility?     Seán Ryan    Tue Apr 18, 2006 17:18 
   Facts     Keith Martin    Tue Apr 18, 2006 19:17 
   A reply     Seán Ryan    Tue Apr 18, 2006 20:29 
   Reply     Keith Martin    Tue Apr 18, 2006 20:40 
   Now who's upset?     Seán Ryan    Tue Apr 18, 2006 22:01 
   Give it up Séan     Keith Martin    Wed Apr 19, 2006 00:26 
   Well what do you know, able bodied discussing what’s best for the disabled, nothing new there then!!     John Aherne    Thu Apr 20, 2006 16:37 
   Ive said it before     M Cotton    Thu Apr 20, 2006 18:37 
   I am glad you agree     Keith Martin- Councillor    Thu Apr 20, 2006 19:12 
 10   2+2=5     John Aherne    Fri Apr 21, 2006 22:47 
 11   Doing my best     Keith Martin- Councillor    Sat Apr 22, 2006 00:20 
 12   Disability act 2005     John Aherne    Sat Apr 22, 2006 01:48 
 13   Keith Martin     M Cotton    Sat Apr 22, 2006 12:51 
 14   Knock Knock..Who's there?     John Aherne    Thu Apr 27, 2006 04:24 
 15   Keith strikes out again     Seán Ryan    Fri May 05, 2006 07:35 
 16   Here's a copy of an email I'm just about to send to the editor of the Mayo News     Seán Ryan    Fri May 05, 2006 08:17 
 17   Awe he's at me, tell him stop!     John Aherne    Sat May 27, 2006 11:45 
 18   No thanks     Keith Martin    Sat May 27, 2006 13:47 
 19   Exclude me in     Seán Ryan    Sat May 27, 2006 15:21 
 20   reply     Cllr Keith Martin    Sun May 28, 2006 05:19 
 21   Well said Seán     John Aherne    Mon May 29, 2006 20:50 
 22   Now since we have no distractions........     Seán Ryan    Mon May 29, 2006 22:58 

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