Labour MP Bill Esterson praises Maghull campaigner after four ye

Maghull Labour Action Team’s Cllr Steve Kermode and MP Bill Esterson with community campaigner Jean Watling at the newly installed dropped kerb.


Maghull MP Bill Esterson has praised a disabled pensioner for successfully staging a four year campaign to get a dropped kerb installed so she can use her mobility scooter to go to the shops.

The MP praised Jean Watling for battling to get the dropped kerb installed on her route to Central Square from her home in Sefton Drive.

Because of the steep kerb near to the entrance of Parkhaven Trust, Mrs Watling would have go out into the busy road before being able to bump back onto the kerb 100 yards further along.

The pensioner persistently asked for the installation of a dropped kerb.

Mrs Watling said: "I have had my mobility scooter for many years now - ever since I had a car crash and I found it difficult to walk..

"But a lot of good the scooter did me because the high kerbs meant I couldn't get to the shops. One kerb really was like a mountain, so it was impossible for me to get to Central Square using my scooter.

"I asked time and again for the kerb to be dropped, but I just wasn't getting any responses.

"The only way I was able to get out and about was to get taxis, which is obviously very expensive. But I needed to get out so this was the only option open to me.

"So I was obviously delighted to find that after all this time the work had been done and I can finally make my way to the shops and back without incurring a huge cost"

Maghull Labour Action Team's Steve Kermode, who is also a Labour Councillor on Maghull Town Council, praised Mrs Watling for her determination.

Cllr Kermode said: "I'd like to congratulate Mrs Watling for not giving up on her campaign and continuing to battle for what she wanted.

"It really is outrageous that a pensioner firstly had to resort to paying out for taxis to get to and from the shops despite having a mobility scooter and that her requests went unanswered for nearly four years.

"The steep kerbs which have been stopping Mrs Watling from getting out and about are also major hurdles for other disabled people, as well as people with pushchairs who were being forced into venturing out into a very busy and dangerous road.

"But we are all pleased that sense has finally prevailed and Mrs Watling was successful in her campaign."

Maghull MP Bill Esterson said Mrs Watling's determination was an example.

Bill said: "Despite having to battle for what she wants, Mrs Watling refused to give up and her example shows just how we in the community have the power to get the improvements in our areas which are needed.

"This really was a prime example of people power and I applaud Mrs Watling for sticking to her guns.

"Her determination has made a positive impact in this community."

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