Care home campaigners call for vital street safety improvements

15 December 2016

A group of disabled Essex residents are calling for urgent road safety improvements in Chigwell which would allow them to get out in their local area safely.

The campaigners all live at Alder House, a Leonard Cheshire Disability residential service in Lambourne Road.

The road leading up to the front is not accessible for people using wheelchairs, due to overgrown bushes and broken paving.

Alder House residents would like action taken so they can get out for shopping and activities in Chigwell Town Centre.

Resdient Gary Chambers said:

‘It’s not safe for us to go out. The footpath paving is diabolical, terrible street lightings in the evenings, no safe road crossings and no transport links.’

Resident Mahri Rose added:

‘In all the years I’ve lived here, I haven’t really had the opportunity to discover Chigwell and the local shops.’

Resident Jane Daren commented:

‘I would like to think the pictures of me on Lambourne Road speak for themselves.’

Activities co-ordinator Sabine Hornig said:

‘At the moment any outings within our immediate neighbourhood (e.g. Hainault Forest) are impossible for the Alder House residents due to dangerous paving and plants overgrowth, faulty lighting, missing road crossings and non-existent transport links along Lambourne Road.

‘Access for the Alder House residents has been an issue for more than two decades and needs urgent action.’

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