Members of three councils took part in a wheelchair tour of Great Torrington to identify issues around the town.

Roz Sampson, from Torrington, contacted her local district councillor, Cherly Cottle-Hunkin, asking her to look into some of the mobility issues in the town.

Councillor Cottle-Hunkin, alongside members of Torrington Town Council, Torridge District Council and Devon County Council, went along to experience life on two wheels for themselves.

In a tour organised by Roz and disability campaigner Julie Adnams Hatch, the members took part in a convoy around problem areas of Torrington.

Cllr Cottle-Hunkin said: “We were delighted that many councillors got involved, and what an eye-opening experience it was.

“I really had no idea just how difficult it would be and how vulnerable it would make me feel, particularly in the self-propelling wheelchair.

“My arms are now aching and I was struggling constantly to stop the chair from running out into the road, particularly on the very narrow pavements such as on the corner around Nationwide Building Society.”

Those taking part in the tour included Torridge leader Cllr Jane Whittaker and head of paid services Jenny Wallace; Great Torrington Town Councillors Stephen Ford, Nigel Stark, and Chris Bright; and Devon County Councillor Andrew Saywell.

Roz said: “Councillors took it in turns to experience how it felt, and how difficult it was.

Members of Torrington Town, Torridge District and Devon County Council took part in a 'wheelchair tour' of Torrington with local resident Roz Sampson.Members of Torrington Town, Torridge District and Devon County Council took part in a 'wheelchair tour' of Torrington with local resident Roz Sampson.

“The trip around town proved to be very successful and highlighted much of what disabled people face.

“Councillor Cottle-Hunkin is now going to be in contact with the councillers.

“I would like to convey my thanks to Councillor Cottle-Hunkin for her immediate and helpful response and to the councillors and Julie our volunteer.

“We will now have to wait and see if anything can be done in improving our town for our disabled residents and visitors, making it a more pleasant experience.

Members of Torrington Town, Torridge District and Devon County Council took part in a 'wheelchair tour' of Torrington with local resident Roz Sampson.Members of Torrington Town, Torridge District and Devon County Council took part in a 'wheelchair tour' of Torrington with local resident Roz Sampson.

“What has been suggested, will not in any way ‘spoil’ our beautiful Great Torrington.”

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