Candidate Question Open Air Barriers – Lori Wightman

Will you remove barriers during Open Air weekends that block people with disabilities from driving to the bank, local stores, bars, and generally driving through town?

The seventh candidate to respond:

Hi Linda,

Thanks for your question and for doing this for the residents of Amherstburg.

I see Open Air Amherstburg as a living, evolving event that can be tweaked and adjusted in an ongoing manner. It’s a tricky situation as half the businesses feel that it is a great benefit to them and half feel it reduces their business. I know that this year the footprint was adjusted in order to allow some businesses to be outside the closed streets and I know the town did add additional handicap-designated parking spots at the corner of Richmond and Ramsay and the corner of Murray and Ramsay. As well, the parking lot at Richmond and Dalhousie is open for accessible parking.  But as I said before – it can always be assessed and modified to accommodate differing needs and circumstances and I am open to hearing ideas and proposals.

All the best,