Letters & Opinion

Access Denied


I must say to the Castries Constituency Council (CCC) that they have done a good job in terms of putting ramps in Castries, but there is much room for improvement.
Going around Castries on a wheelchair is not an easy task especially if you must wheel yourself. Imagine for a moment with me; you are on a wheelchair at the corner of the Boulevard near to R.J. Clarke and you are heading to Constitution Park. The route continues passing through the Boulevard right down near RBC Bank’s building. Right there close to People’s Discount Drugs there is a ramp that says, “Off Loading Zone”.

Imagine getting to that point and a vehicle is parked there blocking the ramp and no offloading is being done. Your access is denied. So you are unable to get off to the park, you now either return or proceed lower down by Valmont’s, stop! There is another ramp which says, “Ministry of Housing”, and a vehicle is parked there too.

You need to get across the street so you move downward towards the stop lights and then move on to the other side. If you are walking it is so easy for you to just hop off at any point but what about us wheelchair users?

It is high time that we think of others who are differently-abled. We are living in an age where disability does not and will not stop us from living our lives like everyone else. We need your help to make it a little easier for us by not blocking the ramps. We would really appreciate it if you do this for us. We never know who is next to being on a wheelchair, so when you help me today you may be helping yourself tomorrow.

I leave you with this Bible verse; Mark 1:3 “The voice of one crying in the wilderness, prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.”

–Wheelchair Bound

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