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Debate on accessibility must continue

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I must be one of thousands dismayed by Paul Finch's intemperate outburst against regulations to make buildings more accessible (AJ 22.7.99).

There is no 'single-interest pressure group' called 'the disabled'. We can all suffer from disabilities through illness, accident or old age. The design of the built environment would then impose a handicap on us.

It is not necessarily difficult or expensive to make buildings more accessible, but it is unlikely to happen on a significant scale without legislation. We need to continue the debate on whether the current legislation is well written and effective. Please - could you make a contribution to this debate rather than using the magazine as a platform for your blinkered views?

Jerry Evans, Bristol

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