Council investment improves access
Posted on : 07 Mar 2017
All public sites, where it is reasonable to expect disabled users to require access, now meet a minimum ‘foundation standard’
Caerphilly County Borough Council has spent £5.4million since 2003 improving accessibility in local schools, leisure centres, libraries and other public buildings.
Friday 10 March marks Disabled Access Day, a national awareness event to highlight the importance of providing good disabled access to services for all, and the benefits of allowing individuals to live with greater independence. During the last 12 months alone, Caerphilly Council has spent £20,000 on disability adaptations in leisure centres, this has included the provision of hoisting equipment, specialist changing tables and submersible chairs to access swimming pools.
All public sites, where it is reasonable to expect disabled users to require access, now meet a minimum ‘foundation standard’. The foundation standard includes disabled parking facilities, accessible main entrances, reception areas with clear access routes, low level counters and a hearing loop system as well as accessible toilets. School sites are also a key focus and each of our comprehensive schools now boast a modern, self-operated platform lift for wheelchair users and those with significant mobility difficulties.
Cllr Jamie Pritchard, Caerphilly County Borough council’s Equalities Champion said: “We want to ensure that people of all ages and abilities are able to access our services and buildings without facing any unnecessary obstacles. The council has a dedicated Disability Equality Group which oversees a programme of investments and their work is bringing many benefits to our community.”