Corey wins dropped kerb battle

Severely disabled teenager Corey Haseley  has successfully appealed to Northamptonshire County Council to install a dropped kerb outside the Priory bar on Bourton Way, Wellingborough.

Severely disabled teenager Corey Haseley has successfully appealed to Northamptonshire County Council to install a dropped kerb outside the Priory bar on Bourton Way, Wellingborough.

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A severely disabled teenager has won his eight-month battle with the county council for a dropped kerb to be installed on a busy street.

Corey Haseley, 18, appealed for the county council to install the dropped kerb outside The Priory pub in Bourton Way, Wellingborough, so he did not have to use his wheelchair on the road.

He felt the dropped kerb would also give other wheelchair users more independence on the busy road.

His bid was initially knocked back by the county council when Corey started campaigning eight months ago.

But the authority reconsidered the decision and installed the new dropped kerb at the end of last month, which Corey said he is delighted about.

He said: “It has been an eight-month campaign and it has been very testing at times.

“But I’m really happy now. It’s now safe going along a very busy main road, where there are cars whizzing up and down. That dropped kerb needed to be put in.”

Corey suffers from a very rare life-limiting illness which eats away at his nerves, muscles and cells.

He has campaigned on a number of issues in the past few years aimed at helping improve access for disabled people.

Despite the eight-month battle Corey said it is the result that matters in this campaign.

He said: “The council could have have done it sooner, and when I found out that it would be done, they kept putting it back and back.

“But it has been done now and that is the main thing.”

Corey has now started to campaign for dropped kerbs to be installed in several more locations in the town, including one further down Bourton Way.

He is also starting to campaign for a dropped kerb in Mannock Road in the town.

Corey said the campaign is at a very early stage but he is hopeful of good results.

Wheelchair mobility

Corey Haseley has started a campaign to improve access for disabled people to Croyland Park in Wellingborough.

Corey said he is particularly concerned about wheelchair users trying to navigate a big hill in the park.

He said: “The big hill is dangerous for wheelchair users.

“I am campaigning for something to be done to make it safer for them.”