Help pave way for easy access

2015-07-28 13:58

Ward councillor Lisa Mcbride is calling on residents to propose areas in the ward that need paving.

Mcbride says it’s difficult for people in wheelchairs or the elderly to move around where the areas are not easily navigable.

She has received numerous requests from people in Factreton asking for the sidewalks to be paved. That’s why she decided to call on everyone in the ward to take part so that a special application can be made to pave the areas.

People who suggest areas to be paved must motivate why it must be prioritised compared to other areas. Areas that will get first priority are areas where there are no paving on either side of the road, making it especially difficult for people to move around.

Mcbride says she wants everyone to take part in this for the improvement of the community.

“Our aim is to build better communities. My plea is to the family members of people with wheelchairs and the elderly to participate in this. We want to reach a point where even those in wheelchairs can move around because we have areas that allow them to do so.

“It’s not easy to move around, be it going to the shops or to get transport, where there is no proper paving or paving that is meant for wheelchair-bound people. We want everyone to feel catered for by working together,” she says.

Mcbride admits that though she wants it to be done everywhere that is not possible. “Residents must also understand the processes that come to play. Funding must be applied for. It has to be approved. Areas that need paving must be looked at carefully and prioritised. For example, if there was no paving at the day hospital and someone wants paving in their street, priority will go to the hospital as it’s for the benefit of all the people. I’m not discouraging people but they must understand the process.

“If I have more people participating in this I will be able to take it forward as a strong need in the ward, so it lies with the people that use the pathways every day to make a change,” she says.

Those who wish to have their areas paved can motivate the street names to Mcbride at her office or by SMS on 083 216 9361 or by email on

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