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Access Audit and Disability Inclusion

Meeting: 11/09/2019 - Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet (Item 27)

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Report of Director of Regeneration and Planning

Lead Cabinet member: Councillor Rebecca Whippy

 

Decision:

(Non-key decision):

 

(1) To approve plans for an Access Audit.

 

(2) To approve the establishment of an Access Accreditation Scheme for Eastbourne.

Minutes:

The Cabinet considered the report of the Director of Regeneration and Planning seeking their approval of plans for an access to be undertaken and for an access accreditation scheme to be set up.

 

An initial programme would cover audits of a range of council owned buildings and facilities over a four year period.

 

Under the new accreditation scheme, businesses wishing to participate would initially submit an online form about accessible design features of their premises, provision of staff disability training and policies that make their organisation accessible to disabled people.

 

Resolved (Non-key decision):

 

(1) To approve plans for an Access Audit.

 

(2) To approve the establishment of an Access Accreditation Scheme for Eastbourne.

 

Reason for decisions:

An access audit and accreditation scheme would enable the council to determine the current levels of accessibility for disabled people of public buildings and services in the Borough. As well as raising the profile of access issues the audit could also act as a catalyst for driving improvements in accessibility.