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No cash for MS sufferer Linda to have lower kerb

May 27 2003
By Patsy Payne
Surrey Online
Epsom & Banstead

A SEVERELY disabled woman, confined to her home because council bosses say there is no money to put in a dropped kerb for wheelchair access, has asked to The Post for help.

Linda Milne, 56, who has suffered from multiple sclerosis for 12 years, moved to her maisonette in Woodfield Road, Ashtead, two years ago and applied to have a dropped kerb installed.

"Without this dropped kerb I'm afraid I fall out of the wheelchair. In fact, I've fallen quite a few times trying to negotiate the kerb," she said.

When Linda first applied to Surrey County Council in February, 2001, she received an acknowledgement. But two years later, after repeated phone calls and letters, she was told there was still no money for the kerb.

"I just couldn't believe it," said Linda, who gets by on £75 a week disability living allowance. "I know I am entitled to the dropped kerb and I suspect manyof the older people in this road would be happy to walk down one rather than the present nine-inch step down."

Linda's sad saga continued and last month she rang the county council again to be told there was still no money available.

In the meantime, she continues to deteriorate, each day taking a cocktail of tablets to alleviate the pain of the progressive disease.

Gavin Bourne, the county council's senior engineer, said he could find no record of correspondence with Mrs Milne, although he did recall speaking to her last month.

"The Mole Valley Access Group, a forum for pedestrians, deals with this sort of query, but, unfortunately, there are only limited funds and our greatest call is from the disabled."

Mr Bourne added: "We are concerned about the length of Linda Milne's wait and want to sort this problem out as soon as possible.

"If she would like to phone David Scorey, our representative on the Mole Valley Access Group, he would be happy to assess her requirement."

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