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Rights of passage


I am disgusted by the attitude of Westminster Council with regard to its views on providing new wheelchair access to One Great George Street (NCE 13/20 April).

If wheelchair users are expected to use an alternative entrance, why spend £200,000 creating another segregated route? If the basement route forms a suitable access perhaps this could become the main entrance for everyone, unless, with suitable work, universal access can be made through the existing entrance.

I recognise Westminster Council's wish to retain the appearance of One Great George Street, but the building is not just a monument, and the needs of today's citizens should be recognised. Isn't history about learning from mistakes, including lack of accessibility?

The best designs are about simplicity and ease of use. Any option must offer this, and not be disguised or made overly complicated, so those with disabilities - whether physical, sensory or cognitive - can easily see how they can independently enter the building.

If you can manage this, we will have something we can be truly proud of as engineers.

S Walmsley (G) 28 Elm Drive, Stretford, Manchester, M32 9AW

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