New School Poll Could 'Breach Disability Laws'

South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales), February 14, 2009 | Go to article overview

New School Poll Could 'Breach Disability Laws'


Byline: David James

A COUNCIL has been accused of breaching disabilities legislation by refusing the disabled and elderly the right to vote by post over a controversial development.

Residents of Llanrumney, Cardiff, have asked the Equality and Human Rights Commission to investigate the arrangements for a community referendum over plans for a new secondary school to be built on parklands.

The voting booths at polling stations in Llanrumney and Rumney will be open only from 4pm to 9pm on Tuesday and residents must attend in person.

Gaynor Joseph, of Cannington Avenue, Llanrumney, said the arrangements would prevent women with young children, disabled people and the elderly from being able to take part.

She said: "I contacted the Equality and Human Rights Commission and they said the council has a duty to apply reasonable adjustments to allow disabled people to take part in the poll.

"I do feel the council should be helping disabled people take part and that it is discriminating against women, many of whom have small children and won't be able to get there."

She was backed by Labour councillor Jacqui Parry, who is opposing the plans for a new secondary school on parklands next to the Eastern LeisureCentre toreplace Llanrumney and Rumney High Schools.

Coun Parry said: "I am very disappointed that people will not be able to vote by post. …

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