Oxford Disabled Miss Out-Disabled hit by ‘poor planning’ and lack of taxi rank at Westgate shopping centre

Oxford Disabled Miss Out

Oxford Disabled Miss Out

Oxford Disabled Miss Out

Of course, this is just another story about the lack of access to a public amenity ! in this case it is the new Westgate shopping centre 

in Oxford. Since writing these articles in my disability blog, then there have been many such stories up and down the country. So, in this case it looks as though there are no taxi facilities for the disabled to be able to enter the new shopping complex.

Of course, the guy in the image is seated on a mobility scooter. So, that does not look like a problem. I presume that the scooters are available for rent in the centre, as they are in hundreds of such centre across the UK.

Purple Tuesday

Purple Tuesday is a cal to arms for retail businesses to make shopping more accessible for disabled people with electric wheelchairs and mobility scooters. Of course this also applies to the new Oxford shopping complex. Retailers must realise that this makes great sense ! there are an estimated 12 million disabled people in the UK. Consequently, these people have just as much spending power as the rest of society.

Making it complete common sense to giving this sector all the help they can for shopping in these retail paradises. Purple Tuesday has also been endorsed by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). More information about “Purple Tuesday” can be found by clicking the link. So, hears hoping that this takes off in a big way and will become normal practice for retailers of all sizes. Hence, to open their businesses up to disabled people where ever possible.

Eric Roberts

Eric writes stories about anything that includes disability issues for his mobilitybatterystore blog.

 

DISABLED people are being denied access to Oxford’s new £440m Westgate shopping centre because of negligence in providing use-able taxi ranks, it…

Source: Disabled hit by ‘poor planning’ and lack of taxi rank at Westgate shopping centre | Oxford Mail

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