Row over £4k ramp to make Rottingdean's Terraces wheelchair accessible

The Terraces

The Terraces

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Campaigners are calling on council chiefs to meet their “moral and a statutory obligations” to find £4,000 to make a seafront arts area accessible to all.

After a two-year campaign to raise £20,000, the first performances on the Rottingdean seafront stage took place in 2011.

But despite its first three years being received with much aplomb, those with limited mobility and with pushchairs are unable to access the area known as The Terraces.

Led by councillors, locals are now calling on Brighton and Hove City Council to provide £4,000 to create disabled access to the stage.

But council officials have said a ramp would be too dangerous.

Conservative ward councillor Lynda Hyde said: “There are many people in the village who can’t access the terraces who would dearly love to access performances there.

“I think society must do its best to allow access for all. I don’t think £4,000 is a lot of money in the grand scheme of things.”

The Terraces was created thanks to a fundraising appeal Rottingdean Arts and Play Area in Rottingdean Committee to villagers and businesses.

Money was also received from the city council and village businesses to restore the main concourse and provide benches, tables and chairs so that performing arts events and concerts could take place during the summer months.

But the amount raised fell short of providing a ramp with handrails on both sides so those with limited mobility can attend.

Despite Rottingdean Parish Council pledging £8,000 towards the scheme, the city council rejected the request for £4,000 in November.

Conservative councillors presented a motion at Thursday’s council meeting calling on colleagues to back the bid for the money and the issue will now be discussed at the next policy and resources committee meeting on Thursday, February 13.

Council leader Jason Kitcat said: “Working in partnership, the council has provided over £100,000 to the project and officer time so there has been a good level of support for this.

“The council’s access manager does not feel that a ramp is best suited because of the steepness and would actually prove a danger.

“There is no budget to fund this in the seafront budget or access budget.”

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12:38pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Indigatio says...

Simple solution. Divert some funds from the Bus Lane Budget or the Cycle Lane Budget to the Seafront or Access Budget. Problem solved.
Stupid Kitcat.
Simple solution. Divert some funds from the Bus Lane Budget or the Cycle Lane Budget to the Seafront or Access Budget. Problem solved. Stupid Kitcat. Indigatio
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12:40pm Mon 3 Feb 14

juleshove says...

Stop wasting money on barely used cycle lanes and you will have the money !
Stop wasting money on barely used cycle lanes and you will have the money ! juleshove
  • Score: 6

1:28pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Quiterie says...

Interesting that the Greens sacked Christina Summers because she "broke her pledge in favour of equality" because she wouldn't back same sex marriage.

Apparently when it comes to the disabled and people with pushchairs equality suddenly isn't so important.
Interesting that the Greens sacked Christina Summers because she "broke her pledge in favour of equality" because she wouldn't back same sex marriage. Apparently when it comes to the disabled and people with pushchairs equality suddenly isn't so important. Quiterie
  • Score: 16

1:37pm Mon 3 Feb 14

monkeymoo says...

£4,000 for a ramp....Seriously?

This sounds like the Mears group just printing their own money again!

I guarantee there companies about that could do it for less than half that cost. I would be happy to pass on the details to the council if the wish.
£4,000 for a ramp....Seriously? This sounds like the Mears group just printing their own money again! I guarantee there companies about that could do it for less than half that cost. I would be happy to pass on the details to the council if the wish. monkeymoo
  • Score: 8

3:53pm Mon 3 Feb 14

leftysmellbags says...

monkeymoo wrote:
£4,000 for a ramp....Seriously?

This sounds like the Mears group just printing their own money again!

I guarantee there companies about that could do it for less than half that cost. I would be happy to pass on the details to the council if the wish.
Yeah umm Hi is that the Mears group - yes - we need a new concrete ramp built, how much will that cost.... muffled sounds in the back - how much do you think we can get away with, 10K, no that sounds too much how about 4 K, yeah lets go for that - Hi yes we have worked it out, it will cost £4K and of course that includes the £1K cashback no questions asked - wink wink.

Sounds about right...
[quote][p][bold]monkeymoo[/bold] wrote: £4,000 for a ramp....Seriously? This sounds like the Mears group just printing their own money again! I guarantee there companies about that could do it for less than half that cost. I would be happy to pass on the details to the council if the wish.[/p][/quote]Yeah umm Hi is that the Mears group - yes - we need a new concrete ramp built, how much will that cost.... muffled sounds in the back - how much do you think we can get away with, 10K, no that sounds too much how about 4 K, yeah lets go for that - Hi yes we have worked it out, it will cost £4K and of course that includes the £1K cashback no questions asked - wink wink. Sounds about right... leftysmellbags
  • Score: 5

11:43pm Mon 3 Feb 14

kmhove says...

Ah... sorry Jason, we got it wrong... we actually meant a cycle ramp! Ten thousand should cover it I'm sure you'll agree !
Ah... sorry Jason, we got it wrong... we actually meant a cycle ramp! Ten thousand should cover it I'm sure you'll agree ! kmhove
  • Score: 3

1:10am Tue 4 Feb 14

Gribbet says...

Parking charges have been frozen for a while now, so just raise them again a tiny bit and you'll have the money in no time.
Parking charges have been frozen for a while now, so just raise them again a tiny bit and you'll have the money in no time. Gribbet
  • Score: -2

10:39am Tue 4 Feb 14

mimseycal says...

Too dangerous? TOO DANGEROUS?????? Can someone explain how a ramp giving access to the terraces can be too dangerous? Or is it that we disabled cannot be trusted to decide for ourselves whether or not we can use a ramp safely?
Too dangerous? TOO DANGEROUS?????? Can someone explain how a ramp giving access to the terraces can be too dangerous? Or is it that we disabled cannot be trusted to decide for ourselves whether or not we can use a ramp safely? mimseycal
  • Score: 1

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