A fantastic resource with information on accessibility in Aylesbury has been launched.
Residents and visitors to Aylesbury with disabilities, hidden or otherwise, are now able to check the accessibility of places they’d like to visit before they travel. 40 ‘Access Guides’ have been created by an organisation called AccessAble for places around Aylesbury like shops, cafes, restaurants and entertainment venues as well the main routes around town, and the bus and train stations. More guides are due to be added in the coming months.
Buckinghamshire Council has partnered with AccessAble to provide these guides, with support and funding from Aylesbury Town Council and the Garden Town Delivery Board.
The guides take you on your journey through the venue including detailed information about doors, lifts, toilets, staff training, lighting levels and background music to name a few.
Steve Bowles, Buckinghamshire Council Cabinet Member for Town Centre Regeneration and Aylesbury Garden Town Chairman praised the access guide project, saying:
“I’m really pleased to announce these new access guides for Aylesbury. We want everyone to be able to enjoy all that Aylesbury has to offer and it’s fantastic that these guides will give people confidence in what to expect and help make visits easier and more enjoyable.”
Mike Smith, Mayor of Aylesbury (Aylesbury Town Council) said:
“We are delighted to have partnered on this AccessAble project. If you know of anyone who would benefit from accessibility information, please let them know of these guides, the website and app. If you run a community group, perhaps you could let your members know and assist them if they need help exploring the website.”
The free guides can be access by visiting the AccessAble website or via the AccessAble app. Each guide contains over 1,000 pieces of information, included because someone with a disability has suggested that it would be useful for them to know it before they visit.
Andrew Clark, Chair of Trustees of Buckinghamshire Disability Service (BuDS) said:
“We welcome this positive initiative to improve accessibility information in Aylesbury. The guides give disabled people useful accessibility information about the featured public places and buildings, helping them to avoid the barriers they may face that deter them from visiting.
“Of course, information is just the starting point, barriers need to be removed so that disabled people can live their lives like everyone else. We look forward to continuing work with the councils and other organisations to realise the Aylesbury Garden Town ambition of becoming internationally renowned as an inclusive place.”