From www.skegness.net: Skegness beach is no longer a no-go area for people in wheelchairs thanks to an innovative project. Beach-friendly wheelchairs with extra large wheels have been introduced by the East Coast Local Action Group, providing disabled people with easy and comfortable access to enjoy the sun, sea and sand to the full. The group is working with East Lindsey District Council to operate the scheme, which comes thanks to ¬£8,424 worth of Lottery funding. Councillor Colin Davie said: "We have to make our district and facilities accessible to as many people as possible, and we‚Äôve invested heavily in improvements to try and ensure the best we can that no-one is excluded because of their ability. "The beach wheelchairs are designed to be used on soft terrain where ordinary wheelchairs would sink into the surface. This makes them ideal for the beach, and will enable users to not only access the beach but also go into the water." The district council is loaning out the wheelchairs on behalf of the local action group, and Seacroft Mobility will service them twice a year free of charge. There are two beach wheelchairs available for hire in Skegness, both at the Embassy Theatre, and all they cost is a ¬£20-a-day returnable deposit. Another two wheelchairs are available further up the coast - one in Sutton-on-Sea and another in Mablethorpe. To hire one of the wheelchairs or for more details please contact: 0845 674 0505 Skegness 01507 473641 Mablethorpe 01507 443765 Sutton on Sea East Lindsey District Council can be contacted on 01507 601111, or you can call the East Coast Local Action Group on 01754 765206. )
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