After three years of campaigning ramp to help disabled people returns to Buckingham
After three long years of campaigning funding has finally been found to restore a disability friendly ramp in Cotton End, Buckingham.
But Jim’s daily jaunt was scuppered when developers Barratt Homes replaced the ramp with steps during landscaping works, meaning that Mr Jones - who used a walking frame, and other less mobile residents could not negotiate the obstacle.
In 2016 Barratt Homes said that they were considering reinstating the ramp - but that because the site was on private property residents would need to be consulted first.
Buckingham Town Council - and town and county councillor Robin Stuchbury took up the cause, as well as Jim’s family - and after three years of hard campaigning Aylesbury Vale District Council has approved funding for the works.
But the news is bittersweet for Mr Stuchbury - who lamented what a shame it was that the works could not have been completed before Mr Jones’ sadly died last year.
He said: “It is really sad that we never achieved this while Mr Jones was alive, that will always remain a regret.
“This is a result of a combined effort from the town council who really lobbied on it.
“It has taken us three years, and another regret is that it has taken this long - but despite that, in the end the right decision was taken in the end. After a long and eventful journey, we will now get to see people like Mr Jones take a much safer journey in future, and that is very good news.”
Aylesbury Vale District Council’s cabinet approved the grant at their meeting on Monday night - the alteration will cost £25,946 and the money has come from the council’s New Homes Bonus kitty.