The first was a concern regarding a stretch of path at the beginning of the Gogmore Farm Park Wheelchair Trail, Chertsey. The concern was that there was no tactile marking or barrier at the edge of the path to alert any visually impaired person to the edge of the path which runs beside a steep slope down to the River Bourne.
The second was an overgrown Cherry Laurel in King George V Park, Virginia Water which was encroaching upon a path. The path concerned was also barely visible due to fallen leaves and mud covering it.
For action taken, Part II below.
Both matters were taken for action by RALG member Councillor Dolsie Clarke, and swiftly addressed by Mr Stuart Woods of Runnymede Borough Council who is responsible for Green Space.
Within the week, the Cherry Laurel was pruned back and the path cleared.
Furthermore, it has been agreed that the Green Space department will look at installing some knee-high post and rail fencing, similar to that already found in the park, along the edge of the path to prevent any likelihood of trips or falls. An exact timescale on this cannot be given, but they hope to have the work done sooner rather than later.
Many thanks go to Councillor Dolsie Clarke, Mr Stuart Woods and the Green Space team from Runnymede Borough Council for their prompt and exemplary actions.
On Monday 5th October, Gogmore Farm Park Wheelchair Tree Trail was officially opened by the Mayor of Runnymede Cllr Parshotham Sohi. The ceremony was attended by Mayor and Mayoress of Runnymede, Councillor Parshotham and his wife, Cllr Dolsie Clarke, Mrs Suzanne Stronge and Mr and Mrs Simon Carter.
The official opening comes after the trail was designed and tested by Suzanne, Simon and Pauline in the summer to ensure it provided an accessible route. An appraisal of the trail can be found on our Appraisals page and the accessible wheelchair tree trail map and instructions are on the Accesssible Trails page.
RALG Chairman Jonathan Fisher (visually impaired), committee member Pauline Carter (a wheelchair user) and her husband met Runnymede Borough Council's Suzanne Stronge and Dave Pope a local member of Friends of Hythe Park (a voluntary community group)to help create and test out a new wheelchair trail in Hythe Park, Egham Hythe.
Pauline and Jonathan were assessing the park for accessibility whilst Suzanne was telling us the history of the park, making notes and taking photographs of flowers, herbs, bushes and trees of special interest. Dave shared his encyclopaedic knowledge of the wide range of plants and some of the rare trees in the park. Our findings can be found on our Appraisals and Accessible Trails pages.
RALG committee member Pauline Carter (a wheelchair user) and her husband recently responded to a request from Runnymede Borough Council’s Suzanne Stronge to help test out a new wheelchair trail in Gogmore Farm, Chertsey.
Armed with a map and the draft walking notes, they successfully navigated their way round, adding some useful accessibility perspectives that will be incorporated into the final version. They also learned about Gogmore’s interesting local history and its fascinating variety of trees, thanks to Suzanne’s well-researched notes.
See our Appraisal page for more...
The management committee of the Runnymede Access Liaison Group meets approximately every eight weeks.
Officers of the Group comprise:
Chairman and Vice Chairman
Two Councillors from Runnymede Borough Council attend committee meetings and act as an interface between the Group and the Council. The Group's annual general meeting takes place in April/May; its financial year runs from 1 April to 31 March.
RALG is pleased to announce that on Monday, September 15th The latest of our awards evening will be held full details can be found on the correspopnding awards page: The event is being held at:
The Hythe Social Centre, Thorpe Lea Road, Egham TW20 8BNPROGRAMME
7.00 pm Arrival of Cllr Peter Waddell, Mayor of Runnymede and Special Guests 7.05 pm Chairmans Address and response by mayor;Speaker: Clive Wood, Surrey Disabled Persons Partnership 7.25 pm Introduction to the Awards by Chairman 7.30 pm Presentation of Awards and Certificates:The Charles Babbage Memorial Rosebowl
Individual Achievement by a Disabled PersonThe Frank Wheeler Memorial Rosebowl
Achievement for Services to the Disabled by an IndividualThe Bob Davies Award
The Runnymede ACCESS group meets on alternate months to discuss the problems encountered in our area by people who have disabilities. The most common disabilities are: visual impairment, restricted mobility (wheelchair users), deafness and people with Parkinson's or cerebral palsy. You may have seen a series of raised bumps on the pavement at road junctions, these are to help people with visual difficulties locate the edge of the path and the siting of appropriate crossing places. This system of paving is installed by the council when they are working on that part of the road, if it is not already there.
We are told of an occasion when one of our residents who is seriously visually impaired, was crossing a road in Addlestone. He thought that he had crossed to the pavement but he had only
A visually impaired Egham man has been helping staff at railway stations understand the struggles faced by people with sight and mobility problems.
Jonathan Fisher is chairman of the Runnymede Access Liaison Group, an Egham-based committee of volunteers who meet regularly to report on how the quality of services to disabled people can be improved. Mr Fisher has spent time at Egham and Staines stations, giving guidance to staff. South West Trains now has five specially trained staff in the area and Staines has a new bridge and lifts.
Mr Fisher said: "Much has been achieved but there is still scope for more. We want to express our gratitude to South West Trains for meeting its responsibilities under law. When our railways were built in the 1840s there was no expectation of disabled
Mike Fuller was presented with a shield of gratitude for his services to the disabled people of Runnymede. He is seen here after receiving it at the Manor Farm Day Centre, Egham by Jonathan Fisher, the current chairman of Runnymede Access Liaison Group in August 2011.
See page 19 for article about RALG.