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Disabled group's anger over door signs at Cambridge shopping centre

19th January 2011 | Door Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls.

Businesses have been reminded of the importance of installing door signs that can be understood by people with disabilities.

A Cambridge disabled group is unhappy that plans to move toilets in a shopping centre from the ground-floor toilets to the first storey have been approved.

The male and female disabled toilets at the Red Lion shopping centre are being moved to make extra shop floor space at ground level, reports.

But the Cambridge Forum of Disabled People has expressed concern at the move.

It says people with learning difficulties will find it hard to understand new signage, and the toilets are too far away from the lifts, which sometimes break down.

Gerri Bird, the forum's manager, told the newspaper she had not been consulted about the proposal, and had only been told about a meeting to discuss it on the day it took place.

"I'm disgusted. I think they should have given us the chance to have a consultation. We are not letting it go," she told the news provider.

Councillor Lewis Herbert backed Ms Bird, saying disability groups and Labour councillors will continue to oppose the move because the toilets' new location will breach the Disability Discrimination Act.

The shopping centre is in the heart of Cambridge, featuring a range of shops, cafes and restaurants.ADNFCR-2754-ID-800350737-ADNFCR


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