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ScotRail Industrial Action

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ScotRail staff have taken the decision to go on strike.  This means that there will be changes to the timetable on the following days:

Tuesday 21 June
Thursday 23 June
Saturday 25 June
Sunday 3 July
Sunday 10 July
Sunday 17 July 

It is important to check ScotRail’s website if you plan to travel on any of these days.  ScotRail’s website can be found at https://www.scotrail.co.uk/

If you require assistance for any part of your journey it is important that you contact ScotRail’s passenger assistance.  You can do this by going to your nearest manned station, calling 0800 912 2901, textphone 18001 0800 912 2 901 or visit their website at https://www.scotrail.co.uk/plan-your-journey/accessible-travel

 

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Door Step Crime and Bogus Callers

Beat Door Step CrimePolice Scotland launched their Door Step Crime initiative in late October and will be rolling out information over the coming weeks. This type of crime was always seen as being aimed at the elderly but it is increasingly being carried out against vulnerable people or those that live alone. Bill Logan, our Disability Access Officer recently met with Mike Smith from Police Scotland who provided us with an idea of some of the methods being used.

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New Inclusive Design Website

James Davidson, our Online Research and Development Intern, joined us last year for a six month internship with the Scottish Disability Equality Forum. James’ internship involves researching and producing content for a new Inclusive Design Website. The website aims to improve awareness and implementation of best practice in accessible design for planners, architects, and other building professionals.

There will be two key parts to the website:

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Falkirk Area Disability Access Panel

Falkirk Area Disability Access Panel (FADAP) has been involved in a comprehensive street audit of the route from Grahamston Station to the Retail Park. This was completed with the help of “Living Streets”. While Falkirk Council has undertaken to improve some of the smaller items which we identified, we are in the process of pushing for further improvements including a better crossing point at Meeks Road.

Stakeholders Tesco and Scot Rail have been approached and have made positive contributions. This project has taken up most of FADAP’s time. However we have carried on with the “bread and butter” business of getting some dropped kerbs established and maintaining a representation on the local taxi forum in an effort to address the problem of the falling numbers of available wheelchair accessible vehicles in the Falkirk area.

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Ross and Cromarty Access Panel

Ross-shire have been working closely with Inverness Access Panel where there is a lot of development work happening. Raigmore Hospital is being refurbished, there is a large new town being planned to the east of Inverness and there has been a consultation on the new station on the Aberdeen line at Dalcross which will serve the airport.

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East Dunbartonshire Access Panel

New premises for our meetings are being looked at which will have more suitable access. Discussions at present are taking place with EDVA, hoping to rent a desk in their offices part time, which will hopefully allow for better contact with the public.

At the ‘Merkland Nature Reserve’ in Kirkintilloch, we have been involved in advising the rangers regarding making pathways easy to manoeuvre and get around with access easier for all. We have made good progress with this, and the work is ongoing.

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West Dunbartonshire Access Panel

We have recently been involved in the following activities:

  • Involved with the West Dunbartonshire Integration Group. This group looks to integrate the Refugees from Syria into West Dunbartonshire.
  • We have also been to three design project meetings for the new health centre.
  • We have been involved in a designing and planning group for three more care
  • We attended the Scottish Human Rights Roadshow held in Clydebank hoping to work closely with them to set up Community Champions.
  • Have participated in a mystery shop with Scot Rail to Central Station in Glasgow.

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North Ayrshire Access Panel

North Ayrshire Access Panel (NAAP) has recently been in discussions on the design of the service counter at a new Costa coffee shop. Some modifications were proposed, and subsequently rejected, to the standard counter which included a pull-out tray or surface. We are of the opinion that Costa should design a counter with an integrated knee recess and lowered section in accordance with the standards.

We realised the pull-out tray would cause a wheelchair user to obstruct the entire 1600 mm wide thoroughfare. This could easily lead to embarrassment of a disabled customer while they wait to be served. We also thought that the depth of the counter, 575 mm, would be impractical for staff to stretch over and safely place items on the extended tray. Also, who would return the tray to its recessed position, this would be a temporary safety hazard for anyone, especially children going past it.

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Kilmarnock & District Access Panel

The Kilmarnock and District Access Panel is always busy and we have built up a very effective partnership with the Council to the benefit of disabled people in our area. We regularly undertake site visits where appropriate and hold regular meetings in the council offices. We view all plans at both the planning and warrant stage and are able to make comment and pass on recommendations for design changes through submissions and reports on our findings. Over the past few years we have found that we are able to have more influence and are taken seriously by the council. We also advise on areas such as accessible parking, undertaking street audits, commenting on materials and coloured contrasts. We work hard with the council to find solutions and this has helped the partnership grow.

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Glasgow Access Panel

Glasgow Access Panel (GAP) continue to take enquiries from a number of individuals and offer advice on the access issues affecting them. Most recently assisting individuals with issues related to the accessibility of housing. GAP also participated in the Independent Living event at the SECC on the 7th and 8th of October, meeting with the public and with other organisations over the two days. We also recently conducted a sensory access audit for a church, providing them with a detailed written report with recommendations for improving the accessibility of their facilities, and also visited a city centre bar, providing them with written feedback on how to improve the accessibility of their premises for disabled customers.

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