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What We Do

Daily we deal with the emails and phone calls that come into our Access Group, and on the first Thursday of the month the Group meets at Thomas Herd House in Ward Road, Dundee.

At these meetings we review what members have been working on, discuss local access issues, policies and legislation that have come to our attention, and identify the actions we can take to help improve accessibility in Dundee.

Here are some of the items that have been on our agenda:

Ramps

  • Anne Ramp For many years now Dundee Access Group has been encouraging local business owners to have portable ramps available at their premises to make them wheelchair accessible. Most recently we have encouraged three in Perth Road to do so: a butcher, the owner of a post office and a hairdresser.
  • We are keen that this should happen in other areas of Dundee too.
  • Dundee Access Group provides portable ramps that can be borrowed for the use of wheelchair users in Dundee.

 

Consultations

  • When architects and planners submit plans to Dundee Council,one of the roles of its building standards section is to ensure that all new buildings and extensions meet the current guidance for accessibility and that conversions do so when reasonably practicable. It is extremely useful to them that Dundee Access Group has members prepared to meet architects and planners on site to discuss accessibility within their proposed developments. We are regularly asked to do this.
  • sustrans logoIn 2019 Dundee Council made three bids for funding from Sustrans, a charity, which provides funding for projects which make it easier and safer for people to walk and cycle on everyday journeys within cities. The first bid was for their Northern Links Project to develop routes from the north of Dundee into the city centre. The second to improve routes in the Broughty Ferry and Monifieth area, and the third for routes in and around the Ninewells site. Members of Dundee Access Group were pleased to be consulted on all three bids to ensure that the routes developed would also benefit wheelchair users.
  •  John Whyman, Outdoor Access Officer, Dundee Council attended our meeting in November 2019 to tell us it had been suggested that there should be wheelchair access to Broughty Ferry beach, and he wanted our opinion. At a presentation later that month from The Hamish Foundation who run the St Andrews Beach Wheelchair project, it was said that running such a project in Dundee would need a group of volunteers to manage the project and a way to fund the support staff who would also be required. We will do what we can to help this project succeed.

 

Accessible Parking in Dundee

  • This is a subject of ongoing concern to us and this too involves us liaising with Dundee Council. As well as needing accessible parking spaces wheelchair users also need dropped kerbs nearby.
  • Many of our members take part in the Disabled Motoring UK’s Baywatch Surveys which monitor the use of supermarkets’ accessible parking bays.

 

Supportpamloo

  • We are happy to support PAMIS who run a mobile changing places toilet, called Pamiloo. This is based in Dundee and is available for events throughout Scotland.
  • We are also happy to support Shopmobility in Dundee who lend out mobility scooters and manual wheelchairs to shoppers with limited mobility.

 

Trains.

  • We regularly discuss rail transport matters and keep in touch with Patrick Nyamurundira, Scotrail’s Access and Inclusion Manager regarding Scotrails Accessible Travel policies.

 

Accessible Taxis

  •  We are always concerned with there being taxis available in Dundee to suit all accessibility needs and that taxi drivers receive training in dealing with people with all disabilities. We are pleased that Chris Elder, taxi driver rep for the Unite Union is happy to discuss such matters with us.

 

Finally, we would like to thank all our members, past and present, who have contributed to improving accessibility in Dundee. It is only with their hard work and commitment that we can help ensure Dundee is an accessible and inclusive city.

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