MP urges Church to think again over Age Concern access issues

MP urges Church to think again over Age Concern access issues

Age Concern Stourbridge, which provides services to some of our most vulnerable local residents, has been hit by the refusal of a neighbouring Church to allow access through their car park. Charity service users have been hampered by existing roadworks near the site.

The Elton Centre, a base for Age Concern Stourbridge, have had access to their own car park closed to facilitate the replacement of a nearby railway bridge. Their only hope for alternative access was to use the car park of the former St John’s United Reformed Church, Stourbridge, as an access road to their own car park. The building’s owners have refused all requests to allow this access.

This decision has grossly undermined the charity in its efforts to continue to offer services whilst the bridge replacement works are taking place, with the nearest public car parks being on Red Hill and Birmingham Street.

Stourbridge MP Margot James has expressed her frustration at their refusal to allow Age Concern access to their car park. She said:

“I am very disappointed that the owners of the former St John’s United Reformed church have refused to work with such an important charity that provides vital services to people who are elderly or have disabilities. The charity often works with individuals who have severely limited mobility, so it is imperative that they can maintain accessibility. By turning down their request, this church is preventing elderly people from getting access to services which they desperately need. I implore them to think again”

In the meantime, Age Concern are continuing to provide services to their clients at the Elton Centre which is open Monday-Friday 10am-4pm. For more information on the services available or advice on how to get to the centre during the closure, please contact 01384 390 065.