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Protest – Westminster Council fail to keep its promise to install missing drop kerbs in Soho by June 2018

Added: 30 October 2018 | Updated: 30 October 2018

Four months after their deadline, Westminster Council still haven’t delivered a promised drop-kerbs programme in Soho and areas around. Transport for All (TfA) is organising a protest this Wednesday 31st October 2018.

Back in March 2018, we celebrated the good news that Westminster Council had committed to finally starting work on installing missing drop-kerbs in Soho. This issue came up after a four-year battle by TfA member Chris Stapleton.

But it seems that we cracked open the champagne way too soon. Four months after their deadline (Set up as June 2018), only three-drop kerbs out of the twenty promised have been delivered. In the meantime, Disabled people still need to go through ridiculous and dangerous detours, sometimes having to share the street with the cars.

Chris says: “It’s frustrating and deeply unfair that whilst my friends are able to cross any road they like in Soho, we cannot do this together: I have to go on big detour“.

On the 9th February, Westminster Council wrote to him (see email below), with a commitment to implement kerb-drops at 20 of the 27 locations he had mentioned. They said:"new drop kerb crossings will be introduced between now and the next 4 months“. There was also, in the same email, a commitment to implement most of the other seven kerb-drops after that initial four-month period. Disabled and older people were therefore expecting to see the work achieved by mid-June; and we were glad to see that the work did indeed start at the end of February.

The fact that pavements in Westminster – one of the most touristic areas in London – have been missing kerb drops for so long is a scandal. But the fact that the council still hasn’t implemented its dropped kerb replacement programme is absolutely shocking. Disabled and older people are not second-class citizen: we want to travel, shop and enjoy the West End like everyone else

Join the protest to urge Westminster Council to implement its promised drop-kerbs programme!

Please join us in number to show our disappointment against Westminster Council!

Come with friends!