General Election 2015

Kingston Council facing action for no disability access at polling station

KingstonUponThamesTownHall. Image: Google Street View.

Kingston Upon Thames Town Hall. Image: Google Street View.

Adam Lotun is preparing to sue Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames for its failure to provide access for people with disabilities at last year’s election.

Mr Lotun went to Sunray Community Centre to vote at the 2013 European and Local elections.

He was unable to cast a vote as upon approaching the entrance there was a 3 inch drop, which prevented his wheelchair from entering.

Polling staff offered to bring the voting paper outside, but Mr Lotun told the BBC he felt uncomfortable due to a lack of privacy.

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Mr Lotun claims his human rights have been breached, as the polling station was not fit to provide access to people with disabilities.

Through legal action, Mr Lotun hopes to achieve that people with disabilities are able to vote at elections.

A spokesperson from Kingston Council said

Work is taking place to rip out the existing ramp, install a new ramp and sort out the entrance way. This should ensure the place is fully accessible to anyone else with mobility problems.

 

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