Decking area at Saints kiosk makes it easier for wheelchair users to access

SAINTS BAY kiosk’s newly-built decking area allows for easier access for people with mobility issues.

The decking at Saints Bay kiosk has been rebuilt to make it accessible for wheelchair users and for Guernsey Disability Alliance vice-president David Rowlinson, who uses a mobility scooter. The man behind the project is St Martin’s senior constable Dave Beausire (right). (Picture by Peter Frankland, 31000516))
The decking at Saints Bay kiosk has been rebuilt to make it accessible for wheelchair users and for Guernsey Disability Alliance vice-president David Rowlinson, who uses a mobility scooter. The man behind the project is St Martin’s senior constable Dave Beausire (right). (Picture by Peter Frankland, 31000516))

The parking area has also been extended to create an additional disabled parking space.

Guernsey Disability Alliance vice-chairman David Rowlinson, who uses a mobility scooter, said he would be using the area a lot more.

‘For me it’s not too bad, but for wheelchair users it is a bit more difficult,’ he said.

‘It means that we can share the use of the table instead of sitting apart.’

The decking space has been built next to the existing seating area and a flat floor leads from the roadside to the decking.

St Martin’s constable Dave Beausire was instrumental in the project.

‘To have access for people who come down hear who couldn’t otherwise is great. We can’t put in 10 parking spaces down here, but it’s a start,’ he said.

‘A lady who hadn’t been down here in years had a glass of wine and a prawn sandwich.’

Kiosk tenant Ali De La Mare said she had been considering the best way to make the space more accessible.

‘We wanted to find our feet and find appropriate parking for people with mobility issues,’ she said.

‘With the smaller decking area and no steps it is much more suitable.

‘We are at the bottom of a cliff, bit we have made a small step by doing this.’

Visitors are reminded there is limited parking in the area and only two disabled spaces are available near to the kiosk.

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