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Wheelchair accessible boat launched in North Newton
A WHEELCHAIR accessible ‘Wheelyboat’ has been launched at Maunsel Canal Centre in North Newton.
The boat is designed to provide disabled people with hassle-free access to waterborne activities along Bridgwater and Taunton Canal, and was launched on August 15.
The Wheelyboat has been supplied through Countryside Mobility South West, which runs a scheme to allow better access for disabled people.
Chris Whitcombe, Maunsel Canal Centre owner, said: “We are really pleased to now have the Wheelyboat based here at Maunsel Lock and are very much looking forward to enabling more people to access and enjoy the wonderful canal and the surrounding environment.”
The Mk III Wheelyboat, designed and developed by The Wheelyboat Trust, spans 5.3m and has a carrying capacity of eight people, including wheelchairs.
It is fitted with a ‘drive-from-wheelchair’ console enabling people even with severe impairments to experience the thrill of driving the boat themselves. As well as supplying the Wheelyboat, The Wheelyboat Trust helped raise the funds to build and equip it.
The scheme has been supported with a grant from Natural England as part of its Access to Nature programme, funded from the Big Lottery Fund’s Changing Spaces programme. Organisers thanked groups and businesses who supported the project through additional funding.
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