Yesterday I visited Borthwick Castle which was really interesting. The owners are developing it into a top class hotel and events venue, but as you can imagine when the castle was built disability was not high on the agenda, more shooting arrows, throwing spears and pouring hot oil on people. However they are doing everything they can to make the castle as accessible as possible and as you can imagine they face huge challenges, we will keep you informed on their progress.
Earlier today I attended a Scottish Government consultation on Hate Crime, which is becoming all too common these days but it is being under reported. It was agreed that the levels of harassment and violence to various sectors of society were a lot higher and that we needed to provide people with clear information on how to report crime without repercussions. We are having meetings with Police Scotland on the subject in the near future and will bring the results back to the Access Panel Network.