Disabled condemned to face discrimination

First published in Letters

Sir – Further to my letter concerning the bollards at Tower Hill Cemetery (June 11), the vandalism to a memorial flower bed there you reported in the same issue of the Witney Gazette is disgusting – it seems respect for deceased and relatives is obviously non-existent (although I could not help thinking the bollard theft was possible retaliation on behalf of the disabled).

It seems the town council refuses to back down on the policy of making the disabled book an appointment to visit .

Fine if the appointment is upheld, but my friend tells me that on the odd occasion it hasn’t been.

A lovely lady put me in touch with the Equality Advisory Support Service.

These people, however, flatly refused to help, because of the Data Protection Act, would you believe?

However, to anyone else plagued with the DPA being used as an excuse to do nothing, I would recommend my reply to a totally irrelevant question from their representative – that because of DPA I would not answer.

She was then somewhat subdued but still insisted that EASS could not help in any way.

Once again, the selfish minority spoil things for the majority.

At present I am reasonably mobile. Heaven help me if I ever become disabled.

I can happily look forward to discrimination, however much this is denied.

I did my best to help my friend but there has to be a better way than bollards and appointments, whatever the town council may think.

Dorothy Holloway, Wenrisc Drive, Minster Lovell

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9:19pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Rae Cather says...

Your issue of 25:06:14 captured an orchid, one prize example in DeerPark Woods of the of thoughtful and careful work done by the Witney Woodland Volunteers.

Looking around the town there are the vegetable planters bursting with greens that we can help ourselves to if we can't resist them, obviously done by another group of committed volunteers. On Church Green we have a treat , a show of red poppies swaying under the trees and gracing the War Memorial and more in The Leys. Beyond the War Memorial under the trees up to Henry Box School we have a show of English cottage garden planting cascading the raised beds, so in keeping with the surroundings and full of interest. I have no idea who spent the hours planning and planting this scheme of natural jewels but I do thank them when I go by. It would have been so much easier to have ordered a few blocks of bedding plants but it wouldn't have been such a treat for either the passers by or the pollinators. Thank you, it is appreciated.
Rae Cather
Your issue of 25:06:14 captured an orchid, one prize example in DeerPark Woods of the of thoughtful and careful work done by the Witney Woodland Volunteers. Looking around the town there are the vegetable planters bursting with greens that we can help ourselves to if we can't resist them, obviously done by another group of committed volunteers. On Church Green we have a treat , a show of red poppies swaying under the trees and gracing the War Memorial and more in The Leys. Beyond the War Memorial under the trees up to Henry Box School we have a show of English cottage garden planting cascading the raised beds, so in keeping with the surroundings and full of interest. I have no idea who spent the hours planning and planting this scheme of natural jewels but I do thank them when I go by. It would have been so much easier to have ordered a few blocks of bedding plants but it wouldn't have been such a treat for either the passers by or the pollinators. Thank you, it is appreciated. Rae Cather Rae Cather
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