18th Apr, 2019

Council wants to hear your issues with disabled access

Andy Morris 9th Feb, 2019

IMPROVING access for disabled people to buildings and parks owned by Rugby Borough Council is the aim of a group of councillors.

The cross-party Access for People with a Disability Task Group has invited residents to highlight access issues at council-owned buildings, parks, green spaces and car parks.

Councillors on the task group have already heard evidence from Rugby Disability Forum, the Rugby Sport for the Disabled Association and GLL, the company which runs the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Centre on behalf of the council.

Issues highlighted so far include improved hearing loop system signage at the Town Hall, disabled access to the War Memorial at Whitehall Recreation Ground, and parking for the disabled at the council’s independent living accommodation.

Task group chair Coun Julie A’Barrow said: “The council places customer access at the forefront of its thinking when designing or refurbishing our buildings and facilities, and we comply with all relevant legislation on access for the disabled.

“However, we aspire to provide safe and accessible environments for all, including people with physical, sensory and cognitive impairments.

“The task group wants to hear the experiences of residents who access our buildings and facilities, and suggestions for improvements, however minor, which can make a difference and increase accessibility.”

Visit www.rugby.gov.uk/disabledaccess or email democraticservices@rugby.gov.uk to have your say. Contributions should be sent by 5pm on Friday February 15.

The council’s Brooke Overview and Scrutiny Committee is scheduled to consider a report from the task group at a meeting in April.

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