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Residents and council team up to relocate wheelchair-friendly roundabout

A wheelchair-friendly roundabout has officially opened in Ravenscourt Park after residents and the council teamed up to raise money.

Members of Parentsactive Group, part of HF Mencap and Ravenscourt Park Preparatory School joined forces to raise £5,000, which was matched by Hammersmith & Fulham Council, to give the roundabout an accessible home and new lease of life.

Residents’ fundraising efforts, led by Parentsactive member Mary Melsom, included carol singing and a summer fair.

“Every child deserves the chance to play, so we thank Mary Melsom and everyone else involved in making this project a success,” said Cllr Sue Fennimore, H&F Council’s Cabinet Member for Social Inclusion.

When the Haven Centre in Askam Road was closed for development the play equipment on site was no longer required and it was suggested their wheelchair-accessible roundabout could be refurbished and relocated.

The roundabout was relocated to Ravenscourt Park in summer 2014 and then given a full refurbishment, including signage and an accessible path was also constructed.

H&F Council has also offered to match-fund the efforts of Hammersmith mum Hayley Wedgbury, who is campaigning for a wheelchair-accessible swing in Wormholt Park.