Case 259 – Gate not allowed at the end of a ramp

Issue

A ramp for disabled access has been installed at the front of a domestic property by a local Council. The tenant has asked for a gate to be fixed at the bottom of the ramp to stop youths using it as a skateboard run, however, the Council has advised that this is not possible for health and safety reasons.

Panel decision

This is not a health and safety issue and the Council have now admitted they were wrong in stating this. The Council are now saying that there are other reasons for not fixing a gate at the bottom of the ramp citing “technical standards”. The panel has no knowledge of what these standards may be and so cannot comment.

Article source: http://www.hse.gov.uk/myth/myth-busting/2014/case259-gate-end-of-ramp.htm