Pushchair and wheelchair friendly improvements continue at Ely Country Park
PUBLISHED: 17:00 09 May 2016
Access improvements, including the creation of a resting point, re-grading of the slope, a sturdier, more stable surface and the installation of a new handrail have been carried out at Ely Country Park to enable more people to enjoy its surroundings.
The improvements at the sloped footpath connecting Springhead Lane and the wildflower meadow in Ely’s Country Park were carried out on behalf of East Cambridgeshire District Council.
The plans were developed in consultation with Ely Access Group with the aim of creating improved access for wheelchair users and pushchairs following feedback from regular park users.
The work comes after other access improvements already carried out at Cresswells Lane and Lisle Lane, forming part of the council’s Ely Country Park Improvement Plan 2015-17.
Cllr Richard Hobbs, chairman of the commercial services committee for East Cambridgeshire District Council, said: “The country park is becoming a premier spot for families to enjoy a day out so I am delighted that we have been able to do this work as part of ongoing improvements at the site.
“We want as many people as possible to be able to enjoy the park, which draws visitors from far and wide.
“It is the perfect spot for a picnic as children can run around safely and use the play facilities, and for adults there are several lovely walks to try.
“It is a day out that is suitable for all ages and we wanted to make sure everyone in the community has an equal chance to use it.”
Lewis Bage. community project and engagement officer for East Cambridgeshire District Council, said: “Ely Access Group mentioned that a resting place half way up the sloped footpath would be beneficial as they explained that some people may find the camber difficult and need to stop for a moment on their way up.”