Disability transport conference at the Beehive

OVER fifty people attended an exhibition of disabled transport at the Beehive, Grays last Thursday. This was planned to coincide with the ending of the consultation on the transport implementation plan accessible only on the Council website.

Hosted by Thurrock Disability Network and staffed by pupils from Beacon Hill School, the exhibition was an opportunity for disabled people to talk face to face both to council officers and local taxi and bus providers about their concerns. Trans-Vol, Thurrock’s community transport project, was well represented and Dave Meheghan, the manager, proudly displayed the latest addition to their fleet of vehicles. Wheelchair users also tried out a rear loading private hire car which took them for a spin.

In the evening Cllr Yash Gupta and Cllr Tony Fish were part of a panel answering questions about transport issues put to them by members of the public in a lively session chaired by Gareth Davies, Chair of Thurrock Disability Network.

A number of suggestions from the floor about ways to improve services and make them more responsive to customers were positively received by the Cabinet Members who agreed to consider them further. All the questions – including some about taxi licensing for Cllr Gerard Rice who was unable to attend – will be put in writing to ensure that the disabled public’s views on all modes of transport in the borough are taken into account in the consultation exercise and beyond.

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