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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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East Ayrshire Accessible Housing

I was fortunate enough to be invited to view a new accessible house in East Ayrshire last week and it was quite an eye opener.

The house was stunning and it wouldn’t be too much to say that this is the gold standard that all accessible housing should be based on. Right from when you approached the house the thought that has gone into the design is obvious.

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Edinburgh Access Panel

Edinburgh trams Shandwick PlaceOur main project at the moment is improving access at Waverley Station, which is probably the most inaccessible station in Scotland because of its’ configuration  and sheer utilisation and because of recent measures to improve security. We’ve had meetings with our MSP who is also convener of the government’s committee that’s been running an investigation into access issues at all of Scotland’s mainline stations.

We’ve been involved in Edinburgh Council’s proposal to run a trial which will allow certain types of mobility scooters on Edinburgh’s trams. We’ve been having discussions with the Council’s Transport Management about the issues and about the details of the forthcoming trial.

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Dumfries & Galloway Disability Access Panel

Moffat Community Council

The Panel is working alongside Moffat Community Council to improve access to the town centre as well as to businesses in the town. We are providing regular advice to the Community Council on how to achieve increased accessibility.

Village Halls in Dumfries & Galloway

A few years ago, the Dumfries & Galloway Council transferred responsibility for the control and maintenance of many village halls in the region to the local communities that they served. Most of these village halls quickly discovered that their halls were not accessible and therefore not inclusive of all people in their areas. A number of these village halls have now contacted the Panel seeking assistance and advice on how to improve accessibility.

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Clackmannanshire Disability Awareness Group

People with a disability in Alloa now have the opportunity to learn computing skills. Working from their base in Cooperage Way, the Disability Awareness Group which also functions as the Access Panel are offering individual tuition to disabled people who may be unable to benefit from mainstream computer classes, or who don’t feel ready to start classes yet.

The tuition can make use of screen-reading technology so that attendees with visual impairments or limited literacy skills can learn to access the Internet and send emails. Learners can also take their first steps in writing documents and find out if they can use a computer to help their reading, writing or spelling.

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Centre for Inclusive Living Perth & Kinross

We currently have a display in Perth museum and art gallery which demonstrates how the lives of people with disabilities have changed over the years.

Eight members of Centre for Inclusive Living Perth & Kinross (CILPK) have written their life stories and tell us how far they have come to be where they are now, living an independent life in their own flats.

The title of the display “One of your wheelchairs has escaped” came from a story from Duncan when he lived in residential care and tried to go to the local hospital to visit a friend, on the way he stopped at a fire station to make sure he was going the right way, the fireman phoned the residential home to tell them “one of your wheelchairs has escaped!”

Although there have been many improvements there is still a long way to go.

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Caithness Access Panel

Caithness Access panel has been very busy with a wide variety of activities. We have been involved in an on-going program of access audits on small shops across the region. An audit was also carried out at Castletown Garden Centre and the owners will be reviewing and acting on access issues. We have also undertaken an audit of the local play park. A survey was undertaken at the new council offices in Wick and we found the council to be very open and co-operative.

We have also undertaken audits and surveys at these locations:

  • Survey of the town hall car park in Murkle
  • Access of the refitted library which was good, however the parking situation in the area is a cause for concern.
  • We are working closely advising on the plans for the new high school in Wick and already our recommendation for a raising floor for the new swimming pool has been included.
  • We will also be undertaking disability awareness events with local schools early in the New Year.

Caithness Access panel as part of its awareness raising is running a competition for the most improved shop. The winner will receive an engraved Caithness Glass bowl and we will report the results in the next issue.

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Bon Accord Access Panel

Aberdeen City Council has recently recognised the Bon Accord Access Panel as the Access Panel for the City. It is early days and we are still finding our feet but have a group of active members. We have elected a Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer and a wider group of interested people who feed in comments and can be involved more deeply as the occasion occurs. Our members have a wide experience of disability issues, including physical, sensory, mental health and learning disability. Many have joined us because of personal and family experience as well as voluntary and professional work in the field and have various relevant areas of expertise.

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Badenoch & Strathspey Access Panel

Our panel has been very busy producing and distributing our new Access Guide.

BASAP GuideThe guide is full of helpful information about disabled access and facilities in the local area. It has been so popular, we are about to have it reprinted. We are also on the process of updating of our website www.strathspeyaccesspanel.org

Presently we are working closely with Highland Council’s Senior Building Control Surveyor assessing plans, ramps and access to disabled toilets.

We hope to take out a full page advert in the local Press to promote the work of our Panel.

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