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Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Sugden: Portstewart Strand now “truly inclusive”

Independent East Londonderry Assembly candidate Claire Sugden has said the provision of new facilities and free beach equipment on Portstewart Strand will make the beach “truly inclusive for everyone, regardless of age or ability”.

The Mae Murray Foundation, working with the National Trust, is now providing equipment such as beach and floating buggies that people can hire for free. This is in addition to Changing Places toilet facilities and full disabled access and parking.

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“Everybody should be able to enjoy the stunning countryside and coastline we have here,” Ms Sugden said. “These new facilities will enable those who may previously have struggled to visit these areas to fully access and appreciate them.

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“The Mae Murray Foundation have worked incredibly hard to make this happen and their achievement is truly admirable. The National Trust also deserve our thanks and recognition for facilitating this on the beach they manage.

“I hope facilities like this can continue to be rolled out across the north coast, and across all of Northern Ireland’s wonderful beauty spots.

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“No-one should be deprived access to these places due to age or ability. Everyone should be given that opportunity and this step towards greater inclusivity is incredibly welcome and greatly appreciated.”

You can visit http://www.maemurrayfoundation.org/projects/inclusive-beaches/ to find out more, including how to become a free member of the Mae Murray Foundation and how to book.

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