Disabled ramp plans for Abbey

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Plans have been lodged to improve disabled access at Whitby Abbey.

English Heritage have submitted a planning application to Scarborough Council for a ramp to help improve wheelchair access to the 
ancient ruins.

Currently wheelchairs and prams often have to be pushed over rough grassy terrain, often making the popular tourist site inaccessible for them, especially in bad weather.

Latest figures show 130,000 visitors a year visit the sacred site, and English Heritage hope the ramp will help increase those numbers.

The organisation say the proposed ramp would be a “turf covered earth ramp” with “turf mesh”, which allows the grass to grow through to give the ramp a natural look.

“Currently access to the abbey church for disabled visitors in wheelchairs, or families with pushchairs, is restrictive,” admit English Heritage.

“The current ramped 
access is deemed unacceptable, being circuitous and over grass.

“This often makes accessing the ruins difficult for the visitor in a wheelchair and their carer.”

Scarborough Council’s currently mulling over the proposals, and so far their over been no objections.

Natural England say if the council approves the plan, it would provide much improved access to the historic site.

It would also greatly reduce the distance for disabled visitors between the visitor centre and the abbey church, via a non-slip ramp.

The proposed new ramp would provide the access via the most direct route between the nave and the visitor centre.