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Chester scoops top award for 'going above and beyond' to welcome disabled people

Congratulations to Chester on award for disabled access Credit: PA

The city of Chester has won a major EU award for its work in welcoming disabled people. The Lord Mayor Councillor Angela Claydon says everyone should feel very 'chuffed' about it.

It's called the European Access City Award and is presented to the city which is making an effort - above and beyond - to be accessible and welcoming to people with disabilities.

In all 43 cities from 21 EU Member States applied for the Award

The six other finalists were:

  • Alessandria (Italy)
  • Funchal (Portugal)
  • Jūrmala (Latvia)
  • Lugo (Spain)
  • Rotterdam (The Netherlands)
  • Skellefteå (Sweden)

Chester could win major EU award for welcoming people with disabilities

Chester could be in line for award Credit: PA

The city of Chester is on a shortlist for a major EU award for its work in welcoming disabled people.

It's called the European Access City Award and is presented to the city which is making an effort - above and beyond - to be accessible and welcoming to people with disabilities.

There are seven cities on the shortlist. In all 43 cities from 21 EU Member States applied for the Award and national juries selected 28 for the European phase.

The award will be presented later today during a conference to celebrate the Day of Persons with Disabilities. In addition to the winner, there will be second and third prize plus special mentions (smart cities, access to employment and commitment to improvement).

The seven finalist cities are

  • Alessandria (Italy)
  • Chester (United Kingdom)
  • Funchal (Portugal)
  • Jūrmala (Latvia)
  • Lugo (Spain)
  • Rotterdam (The Netherlands)
  • Skellefteå (Sweden)

The Access City Award 2017 is organised by the European Commission together with the European Disability Forum. It recognises and celebrates cities for their efforts to make it easier for disabled and older people to gain access to public areas such as housing, children’s play areas, public transport or communication technologies.

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Bernie the bear and friends Chester Zoo pumpkin party

Bernie the bear and friends manage to make Halloween cute by enjoying a pumpkin party at Chester Zoo.

The bear, one of two Andean bears at the zoo devoured the honey-coated treat. Keepers filled the pumpkins with tasty treats and placed them into various habitats including meerkats, a jaguar and a giant tortoise.

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The treats were provided to coincide with October half term activities.

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Boy crash death: Cheshire Police confirms it is investigating

The fatal road traffic collision that occurred on the A5117 Credit: MEN Syndication

Officers from Cheshire Roads Policing team have confirmed they are investigating a fatal road traffic collision that occurred on the A5117 yesterday.

Officers were called just before 4pm to reports of a one vehicle collision on the A5117 Elton, near to Hapsford Services area.

The A5117 Credit: Google Maps

When police attended the scene they found that a dark blue Ford Focus had overturned on the carriageway.

A spokesperson said:

Paramedics attended the scene, and the driver of the vehicle, a 42-year-old man was taken to Aintree Hospital.

A 15-year-old boy who was a rear seat passenger was taken to Alder Hey Hospital.

Sadly the front seat passenger from the Focus, a 9 year-old boy from Manchester, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Anyone with any information in relation to the incident is asked to contact Cheshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 640 of 31/7/2016.

– Cheshire Roads Policing team
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