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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
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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. Find contact details for the Panel in our Directory
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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
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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
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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
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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

Our 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
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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.
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