Spotlight on disabled access at York tourist attractions

National Railway Museum is among one the top rated tourist sites in the country for disabled access

National Railway Museum is among one the top rated tourist sites in the country for disabled access

First published in News York Press: Photograph of the Author by , Political reporter

DISABLED visitors can struggle to get around some of York’s historic buildings and tourist attractions, according to a review of access in the city.

The National Railway Museum is among one the top rated tourist sites in the country for disabled access, according to national charity Vitalise, and now city councillors are investigating how well cultural and tourist venues in York cater for people who rely on wheelchairs, have mobility problems, or have other disabilities.

City of York Council’s learning and culture overview and scrutiny committee decided in June to launch a review of disabled access to the city’s cultural and heritage offer, and the first meeting of a Disabled Access Task Force is set for tomorrow.

The topic was proposed by Labour councillor Neil Barnes, after The Press reported on the difficulty many deaf people face getting healthcare in York.

He said: “As a disabled person myself, it led me to think about whether there had been any proper consideration of access for disabled people in the cultural sector, a sector that is clearly of huge economic importance to the city.”

He would like to see more public information available on how accessible the city’s cultural attractions are, Cllr Barnes added.

In a briefing report to the task force, council officials have laid out the current state of access at many of tourist venues. The National Railway Museum, with its large Great Hall and mainly level site, is among the most easily accessible, and has also made it into the “top ten” most accessible tourist attractions nationwide, in a survey by national charity Vitalise.

Parking is a problem at many tourist attractions, as is a limit of the number of wheelchairs which can be admitted at one time and historic buildings which cannot accommodate lifts.

Improving access for disabled people could be worth a lot for tourist attractions. Across the UK disabled people have a combined spending power of £80 million, the report adds.

Cllr Barnes added: “A city that is actively promoting high quality access is bound to attract more visitors.”

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2:43pm Tue 19 Aug 14

gerry1962 says...

Who is on this task force? Better be disabled people amongst them! I also think it's rather ironic that several years ago, the Council had a Disabled Persons Advisory Group but it vanished into thin air! Reinventing again.
Who is on this task force? Better be disabled people amongst them! I also think it's rather ironic that several years ago, the Council had a Disabled Persons Advisory Group but it vanished into thin air! Reinventing again. gerry1962
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4:47pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

Well done on the access front but the trouble with the NRM these days is it's like a giant cafeteria with a few railway locomotives scattered around.
Well done on the access front but the trouble with the NRM these days is it's like a giant cafeteria with a few railway locomotives scattered around. Ignatius Lumpopo
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10:23pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Jack Ham says...

I'm sure it's not the case but wouldn't it look bad if a Labour councillor was trying to get some publicity on the back of others people work.

http://www.healthwat
chyork.co.uk/2014/08
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I'm sure it's not the case but wouldn't it look bad if a Labour councillor was trying to get some publicity on the back of others people work. http://www.healthwat chyork.co.uk/2014/08 /access-to-services- for-deaf-people-repo rt-video-version/ Jack Ham
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3:09am Wed 20 Aug 14

Magicman! says...

City of York Council’s learning and culture overview and scrutiny committee decided in June to launch a review of disabled access to the city’s cultural and heritage offer, and the first meeting of a Disabled Access Task Force is set for tomorrow.

Will the meeting bring up the fact this council spent a huge some of money on new paving outside the Minster which has integrated a road into the paving, without any sort of markers for sight-impaired people, thereby building something non-compliant with the Disability Descrimination Act...
[quote]City of York Council’s learning and culture overview and scrutiny committee decided in June to launch a review of disabled access to the city’s cultural and heritage offer, and the first meeting of a Disabled Access Task Force is set for tomorrow.[/quote] Will the meeting bring up the fact this council spent a huge some of money on new paving outside the Minster which has integrated a road into the paving, without any sort of markers for sight-impaired people, thereby building something non-compliant with the Disability Descrimination Act... Magicman!
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7:06am Wed 20 Aug 14

Jack Ham says...

Magicman! wrote:
City of York Council’s learning and culture overview and scrutiny committee decided in June to launch a review of disabled access to the city’s cultural and heritage offer, and the first meeting of a Disabled Access Task Force is set for tomorrow.

Will the meeting bring up the fact this council spent a huge some of money on new paving outside the Minster which has integrated a road into the paving, without any sort of markers for sight-impaired people, thereby building something non-compliant with the Disability Descrimination Act...
I'm guessing the answer is no!
[quote][p][bold]Magicman![/bold] wrote: [quote]City of York Council’s learning and culture overview and scrutiny committee decided in June to launch a review of disabled access to the city’s cultural and heritage offer, and the first meeting of a Disabled Access Task Force is set for tomorrow.[/quote] Will the meeting bring up the fact this council spent a huge some of money on new paving outside the Minster which has integrated a road into the paving, without any sort of markers for sight-impaired people, thereby building something non-compliant with the Disability Descrimination Act...[/p][/quote]I'm guessing the answer is no! Jack Ham
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2:46pm Wed 20 Aug 14

JoeR says...

Magicman! wrote:
City of York Council’s learning and culture overview and scrutiny committee decided in June to launch a review of disabled access to the city’s cultural and heritage offer, and the first meeting of a Disabled Access Task Force is set for tomorrow.

Will the meeting bring up the fact this council spent a huge some of money on new paving outside the Minster which has integrated a road into the paving, without any sort of markers for sight-impaired people, thereby building something non-compliant with the Disability Descrimination Act...
If you mean that it's ridiculous for the council to allow people to cycle through the new pedestrianised area outside the Minster, I'd agree...
[quote][p][bold]Magicman![/bold] wrote: [quote]City of York Council’s learning and culture overview and scrutiny committee decided in June to launch a review of disabled access to the city’s cultural and heritage offer, and the first meeting of a Disabled Access Task Force is set for tomorrow.[/quote] Will the meeting bring up the fact this council spent a huge some of money on new paving outside the Minster which has integrated a road into the paving, without any sort of markers for sight-impaired people, thereby building something non-compliant with the Disability Descrimination Act...[/p][/quote]If you mean that it's ridiculous for the council to allow people to cycle through the new pedestrianised area outside the Minster, I'd agree... JoeR
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4:14pm Wed 20 Aug 14

masanki says...

Ignatius Lumpopo wrote:
Well done on the access front but the trouble with the NRM these days is it's like a giant cafeteria with a few railway locomotives scattered around.
Very negative comment. I think the NRM is magnificent and an attraction for us all to be proud of. It has of late provided more tables and chairs indoors for people to eat their own food ...particularly welcomed by families I would think
[quote][p][bold]Ignatius Lumpopo[/bold] wrote: Well done on the access front but the trouble with the NRM these days is it's like a giant cafeteria with a few railway locomotives scattered around.[/p][/quote]Very negative comment. I think the NRM is magnificent and an attraction for us all to be proud of. It has of late provided more tables and chairs indoors for people to eat their own food ...particularly welcomed by families I would think masanki
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10:13pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Magicman! says...

JoeR wrote:
Magicman! wrote:
City of York Council’s learning and culture overview and scrutiny committee decided in June to launch a review of disabled access to the city’s cultural and heritage offer, and the first meeting of a Disabled Access Task Force is set for tomorrow.

Will the meeting bring up the fact this council spent a huge some of money on new paving outside the Minster which has integrated a road into the paving, without any sort of markers for sight-impaired people, thereby building something non-compliant with the Disability Descrimination Act...
If you mean that it's ridiculous for the council to allow people to cycle through the new pedestrianised area outside the Minster, I'd agree...
No, what I am saying is that is ridiculous for the council to sever the single most busiest cycle artery through the city centre with fancy paving slabs and to a non-compliant finish. Let's put it this way, if they'd built this in London then they would have been brought to task!

It is A ROAD, there is nowhere that shows a request was filed to make the area fully pedestrianised. Trying to make the area pedestrianised through the back door is unlawful.
[quote][p][bold]JoeR[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Magicman![/bold] wrote: [quote]City of York Council’s learning and culture overview and scrutiny committee decided in June to launch a review of disabled access to the city’s cultural and heritage offer, and the first meeting of a Disabled Access Task Force is set for tomorrow.[/quote] Will the meeting bring up the fact this council spent a huge some of money on new paving outside the Minster which has integrated a road into the paving, without any sort of markers for sight-impaired people, thereby building something non-compliant with the Disability Descrimination Act...[/p][/quote]If you mean that it's ridiculous for the council to allow people to cycle through the new pedestrianised area outside the Minster, I'd agree...[/p][/quote]No, what I am saying is that is ridiculous for the council to sever the single most busiest cycle artery through the city centre with fancy paving slabs and to a non-compliant finish. Let's put it this way, if they'd built this in London then they would have been brought to task! It is A ROAD, there is nowhere that shows a request was filed to make the area fully pedestrianised. Trying to make the area pedestrianised through the back door is unlawful. Magicman!
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