Mayo volunteers tackle street issues hindering wheelchair users

Members of Castlebar Tidy Towns have been clearing weeds and cutting back overhanging shrubbery along a section of footpath on the Newport Road in the town.

It's all part 'Make Way Day,' a campaign that brings the wider community together to consider the needs of people with disabilities in the public spaces we all share.

It is led by the Disability Federation of Ireland and is a unique collaboration across Ireland and the voluntary and local government sectors.

But most of all it is about people with disabilities.

The main obstacles that hinder people with disabilities are:

Cars parked on footpaths

Bicycles illegally parked.

Bins left on footpaths uneven footpaths.

Overhanging trees hedges.

Councillor Ger Deere (pictured), a member of the Tidy Towns Committee, said the initiative ends today.

But the volunteers will be keeping a closer eye on such issues moving forward and encourage other members of the public to do so.