Scheme to get disabled shoppers on the move

A shopmobility scheme is being introduced in Huntingdon to make it easier for people with mobility problems to visit the town. The facility will open in mid-September and will be based at Princes Street car park four days a week. The shopmobility unit wil

A shopmobility scheme is being introduced in Huntingdon to make it easier for people with mobility problems to visit the town.

The facility will open in mid-September and will be based at Princes Street car park four days a week.

The shopmobility unit will have 12 scooters and manual wheelchairs available and there will be a toilet on site.

The scheme is supported by local businesses and Huntingdonshire District Council, which will give £25,000 each year for the next three years.

Community initiative manager, Dan Smith said: The scheme will be used by lesser-abled persons who, until now, may not have felt able to contemplate a town centre shopping visit.

"The mobility equipment will ensure that access to Huntingdon town centre is possible so that users may enjoy shopping and leisure activities it has to offer."

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Councillor Debbie Reynolds, whose council responsibilities include community initiatives, said: "The number of people with a disability or mobility problem in Huntingdon town is higher than the national average."

INFORMATION: The new unit will be open from 9am-5pm Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. For more information, call Dan Smith on 01480 388377.

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