North Norfolk access group in danger of folding

A group which offers advice and help to organisations looking to make places more accessible for the disabled is in danger of having to fold.

The Access North Norfolk Action (A.N.N.A) group, which has seen its membership dwindle and less demand for its services could be set to cease altogether, one of the founders, Maurice Argent has warned.

Mr Argent, who founded the group with his wife, Ann, who is disabled, and North Norfolk District Council access manager Mike Radley in 1995, says unless more people come forward the future of the group looks in doubt.

A crunch meeting is being held on Wednesday, April 13 at the district council offices in Holt Road, Cromer at 7pm to which people are invited to attend, with the warning to get there early as doors are locked at 7pm sharp.

Mr Argent said; 'There are no new people coming forward and seeking our help and our membership has gone down, we now have around half a dozen members.

'Either we have done it all or people do not want to come forward and admit there is an accessibility problem.'

The group has travelled to various different places and locations around North Norfolk to give advice on how things could be improved for the disabled. Places they have helped advise on include bird reserves, Holkham Hall and Sheringham Park.

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In 2000 they also helped produce a booklet on accessible areas in North Norfolk.

Their funding has always come from members and from donations from the organisations they have offered advice to.