Steady stream of voters at poll stations

A STEADY stream of voters made their way into polling booths around the borough todayday, though not everything went smoothly. At one polling station in Edinburgh Close, Caister, election officials responded quickly to an early complaint that the site didn't have disability access.

A STEADY stream of voters made their way into polling booths around the borough todayday, though not everything went smoothly.

At one polling station in Edinburgh Close, Caister, election officials responded quickly to an early complaint that the site didn't have disability access.

Hilary Webster, who used to work with disabled children and has a son with early-onset Parkinsons, turned up at the station at 8.35am.

She described how she noticed a high step into the building and no ramp, at which point she was told it had been removed because people were falling off it.

She said: “Though they dealt with it, people with disabilities shouldn't have to ask for access; it should be there already by law.”

A spokesman for Great Yarmouth Borough council apologised for any inconvenience caused, and said: “Obviously we want to ensure all polling stations are accessible and as such have made those arrangements as soon as we were made aware of the problem.”

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