ICOD working together with Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park to provide scooter service at Greenock Cut

 

Pictured at the opening of the service are: Front Row - Janice Smith (ICOD Director and Service User) & John Irving (ICOD group member and service user)
Back Row - Charlie Woodward (Clyde Muirsheil Regional Park), Cllr David Wilson (Inverclyde Council), Cllr James McColgan (Inverclyde Council) and Cllr Kenny Shepherd (Inverclyde Council)
. Photo by Angus Campbell

Inverclyde Council on Disability and Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park have been working in partnership to improve access for local disabled people. Both organisations are delight to launch a new ‘mobility scooter service’ along part of the historic Greenock Cut.

The scooters enable visitors to travel from the visitors centre aproximately 1.5 miles along Sheilhill Glen and enjoy the views out to the firth of clyde and beyond. Staff at the visitors centre have prepared a guide booklet for visitors detailing the various features of interest along the route.

If you are interested in the scooter service or to book a scooter directly, phone the Greenock Cut Visitor Centre on tel 01475 521 458.

We recommend phoning in advance to book a scooter. They are currently available on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and can be issued between 10.30 hrs and 14.00 hrs.

Carol Kearns, Inverclyde Council on Disability Manager (ICOD) said “I applaud the hard work of the Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park and ICOD Board and Group members in making "The Greenock Cut" accessible for disabled people. Through funding from The Robertson Trust, ICOD have been able to provide 2 mobility scooters on site at the Greenock Cut Visitor Centre for public use enabling disabled people to take part in leisure activities and community events in the countryside. A lot of hard work has been done to make part of "The Greenock Cut" accessible for disabled ramblers.”

Charlie Woodward, Regional Park Manager said “The Park Authority are delighted to be working in partnership with ICOD. The opening of this service demonstrates the Park’s commitment to increasing access for all to the wonderful natural and historic assets on our doorstep. The restoration and access improvement project on the Greenock Cut, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund was completed in 2010 and has already led to an increased use of the Cu, This new service extends access for more people to enjoy the countryside for improved health and well being.”

Janice Smith – ICOD Board Member and Shopmobility Service User said “Many of our service users, Board members and staff have enjoyed taking part in Rambles along “The Cut” throughout the years and now with increased access and the provision of Scooters on site many more local disabled people will have the opportunity to access the Park. ICOD look forward to planning and taking part in many more rambles over the years. We would like to thank all staff, volunteers of both Clyde Muirshiel and ICOD in making this project accessible.”

Carol Kearns went on to say “the ICOD social group organise and run a programme of accessible social outings for local disabled people, their families and carers and we hope to visit the Regional Park more often and take part in some of the Parks organised events and activities.”