Pupil from Royal Wootton Bassett based primary school fights for disability access

By Jessica Durston - 13 February 2023

  • Evie and Lydia pictured

    Evie and Lydia pictured

A young student from Noremarsh Junior School, has started a petition to send to Royal Wootton Bassett Town Council regarding better disability access.

Evie Smith - a pupil at Noremarsh Junior School - noticed that Noremarsh Park was not disability friendly.

The play area was said to have had disability-friendly equipment to use, however, Evie said she noticed that the equipment was not fully accessible to those in wheelchairs because of the grass surrounding the park.

The young activist wrote a letter along with her mother, Helen Smith, a Teaching Assistant at Noremarsh Junior School. 

Helen and Evie posted their letter to Royal Wootton Bassett Town Council, asking for staff to look into resolving the issue to make the park accessible, for all to enjoy.

The park is located next to Noremarsh Junior School and is said to be often used by local children, and that the nearest disability friendly park is 15 minutes away.

Evie and her friend, Lydia Koshi, took it upon themselves to approach parents of the school at the end of the school day, and parents at the park, and ask them to sign their petition. The girls managed to get 118 signatures and sent off their petition, along with their letter.

Jo Ballinger, Assistant Headteacher at Noremarsh Junior School, said: “It is so lovely to see our children standing up to what they believe. Especially going as far as to contact the council and going out of her way to gather signatures. We are so proud of Evie and Lydia for being so brave and fighting for something that they are passionate about.”

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