Tuesday 15 April 2003 11.55am
I had the occasion to visit the Southwark registry office yesterday. We had a black taxi to transport a wheelchair, and pulling up in the forecourt as I tried to take the wheelchair out backwards with the user in the chair, the bloody thing caught between the cobbles! I was at impasse, neither could move back into the taxi, or out onto the forecourt. I had to get someone to enter the cab the other side and help me lift it down. The wholetime Don was at such an acute angle he was in danger of tipping backwards with me under the chair! I have several bruises on the top of my thighs and pelvis where the chair was wedged.
I spoke to a charming lady in the registrars about the lethal cobbles, not just for wheel chair users and carers, but also for anyone with sticks, crutches etc. She told me that they are unable to remove the cobbles because English Heritage refuses permission to alter the frontage. While I actively support any protection of Southwarks heritage, beautiful buildings etc., surely health and safety should overule them?
And what about equal opportunites, so no one in a wheelchair can register their childs birth? or make arrangements for a wedding or funeral?
Where can I get more information about English Heritage's powers etc?
I had to alter this post James sorry, but my previous one seemed to applaud the destruction rather than preservation!
Post edited (16 Apr 03 09:17)