The new beach wheelers set for Ardrossan South Beach were given a trial run last week – thanks to residents of the nearby Crossreach care home.
The devices allow beach and water access for people with disabilities and were officially launched on Wednesday.
The Disabled Wheels and Seahorse, provided by North Ayrshire Council and managed by the Ardrossan Community Development Trust, will be based in a temporary container on the South Beach promenade in Ardrossan.
The day’s events celebrated the first use of the devices on the beach and were filmed by North Ayrshire Council. Two trustees of the Trust, Michael McCulloch and Christine Powell, were also present to witness the trial.
Michael said: “As we move into summer, a member of staff will be working from the container next to the South Beach toilet block Wednesday through Sunday to manage access and free use of deckchairs and wheelchairs for the disabled. .”
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Wheeler and Hippocampe devices should be booked in advance to avoid disappointment. Booking can be made in person either at the South Beach container or at the ACDT offices at the Frank Sweeney Center on Glasgow Street. You can also call ACDT staff on 01294 608162 or 07341320584.
You can also visit the reservation system on the ACDT website at ardrossantrust.org/wheeler-and-deck-chair-booking/.
The ACDT expects these to be available from July 6, between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Christine Powell said: ‘It was great to see them deployed. Fingers crossed for many even warmer summer days when the community can take full advantage of the provision of deckchairs and trailers on the amazing Ardrossan promenade.”
Watch for updates on the Trust’s Facebook page.