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Ramp comments were disgraceful
10:00am Thursday 15th December 2011 in Letters
IWAS dismayed to read the article: Disabled ramp is an ‘eyesore’ (News, November 17).
Able-bodied councillors decried the ramp and handrail, which was installed by the council to give less-able people the opportunity to lay wreaths and pay their respects at the well-attended Remembrance Service.
To describe this facility as a “monstrosity that has desecrated the listed monument”
is an absolute disgrace and councillor Ann Shackleton, should be ashamed of herself.
I was at the service, as I am every year, and saw a wheelchair- bound veteran use the ramp to lay his wreath, accompanied by a member of his family. Wreaths are generally only laid by officials, but after the ceremony, many people used the ramp to access the war memorial.
I note that councillor Barbara Price is vowing to complain to the council.
Perhaps the renovations made a few years ago should have taken into account that the steps provided should be safe and made wide enough for wreath-layers to access.
If this had been the case, then there would have been no need for the Royal British Legion to campaign for necessary access.
I also consider it most inappropriate for Cllr Shackleton to criticise the colours that were used as I was told they are the colours of the Royal British Legion.
Emma Dean Rowley Regis