Mum’s push to have town centre doors open for all

Disable parking slots
Disable parking slots

A MUM of three is leading the way to open Wetherby town centre doors to all.

Bairbre McKendrick of Kirk Deighton, is setting up an access group and is looking to recruit members.

The 40-year-old said: “The group will promote access to shops, eateries, public services and amenities here in Wetherby and surrounding villages.

“There are a few barriers around town not just for wheelchair users but those with age related impairments.

“People get tired when out shopping and frequently need to sit down but where other than out in the street can they sit?

“Most people don’t consider this a disability but it can stop people from visiting the town for longer periods.”

Bairbre, who has experience of disabled issues and has received an initial grant of £200 from the council, is calling on people to join the group.

“I now need to gather members who I hope will represent a wide range of disabilities eg those who use hearing aids, wheelchairs or walking aids and who are visually impaired.

“We are committed to represent the needs of a diverse group and we hope that over the next year our work will help to make our town more accessible to all.

“We aim to make Wetherby Yorkshire’s most accessible town/day trip destination.”

Anyone who would like to join the group should contact Bairbre by email at