Disabled toilets no work of art
BARBARA Driver is never one to sit on the fence. It was one of the reasons we asked her to become an Echo columnist after her year as Cheltenham's mayor.
It doesn't mean that she is controversial for the sake of it. But if she is upset about something, she will let people know. If she feels someone has been wronged, she won't rest until it has been sorted.
During her term of office, she made it clear that she would fight particularly hard for the disabled and the young.
And with the issue she is raising at The Wilson, it is the disabled for whom she is going into battle.
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After the museum's £6 million revamp, the new disabled toilets may – in the words of a council spokesman – be "compliant with the relevant law".
But, as Councillor Driver has discovered, the lack of space by the toilet door means most wheelchair users need help to get in and out.
What makes it particularly frustrating is that the issue was raised before the work started and the design still isn't correct.
The council says that a disabled access group's views were considered by the project managers and architects.
But that still hasn't made the facilities accessible to wheelchair users. And for a purpose-built area of a new museum that is going to add so much to Cheltenham, that simply is not good enough.
Experience key to safety
YOUNG drivers can be demonised. And that's particularly the case if they lose their lives in a crash.
In an interview as part of our RIP479 campaign today, PC Jaine Simner makes a valid point about the reaction that can follow a fatal accident.
She says the young drivers should not be categorised as "bad" drivers. They are inexperienced. That in itself might have been enough to have caused something to go wrong.
During the campaign, we are highlighting the efforts that can be made to try to make us all safer on the road, with particular emphasis on the younger drivers.
All sorts of proposals are currently being mooted on the driving age.
As a police officer, PC Simner is not in a position to suggest whether changes to the law would be appropriate.
But as the officer who regularly has to speak to families who have lost loved ones on the roads, her message seems clear.
Anything that could be done to give young drivers all-round experience should be done.