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Wheelchair lifts (2)

Hi readers, it’s Emily, Kerry and William here this week talking more about disabled lifts in Dorchester. Read last week’s article to find out more.

We wanted to write about other lifts, like at the Dorford Centre, where you have to hold the button down while it moves. If you let go, it stops. You can see out, which is weird but good! This one always works; we’ve been going there for years and there’s never been a problem. The Corn Exchange lift is hard to open at the top, as you have to push hard to open it, which means you need someone with you. The bottom is fine though.

We think it’s important as users of these lifts that we let people know when they are not working, to help them fix them. It seems that although it’s great that so many places now have lifts, there is a real issue in what happens when they break. We have had problems in almost with every lift in town, from Carluccios (now Luccios), Vivo Lounge, Wagammama/Cote (who share a lift) and probably more we can’t think of right now.

So, what’s the solution? First, maybe a bell, so if they are turned off or there is a problem, that people where you are heading to, know you are there. Or a screen so they can see you?

We trust things will improve in time, like perhaps better designed lifts too, with bigger spaces inside. Many don’t have enough space for you and a carer. There are some cities which are really disabled friendly so perhaps we will look at these and write about them another time.

So, take a look when you’re next out at disabled lifts…and tell us your thoughts. Have a good week!

The writers of the Our View column are supported in their editing by People First Dorset - a charity led and run by people with learning disabilities with support from staff.

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