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A Tauranga disabled access advocate wants the city council to be more alert for potential footpath hazards when it signs off new commercial developments.
CCS Disability Action's access co-ordinator Mandy Gudgeon highlighted several instances where people with disabilities were confronted with obstacles that should have been anticipated in the planning stage of a building.
Councillors were shown a photo of a footpath altered after the construction phase of a recent Pyes Pa retail development to allow a flush entrance into shop doorways.
"This consequential unacceptable design, reminiscent of an older Papamoa development, now requires people using the footpath to travel on an uneven surface."