An audit of council-owned building and facilities will be carried out to determine the current levels of accessibility for disabled people.
The access audit is to focus on the full range of disabilities covered by the Equality Act 2010 including physical disability, visual impairment, being deaf or hard of hearing, having mental health conditions, a learning disability, an acquired brain injury or autism spectrum disorder.
Councillor Rebecca Whippy, Cabinet Member for Disabilities and Community Safety, said: “This administration is fully committed to the inclusion of all disabled people, mindful that a disability is not always visible.
“This audit will build on the access work already carried out at the council and we hope it further raises the profile of this issue, leading to further improvements in accessibility across the town.”
An initial programme over four years would cover: council offices at 1 Grove Road, Eastbourne Town Hall, 54 children’s play areas, 22 public toilets, leisure centres, the Tourist Information Centre, Ocklynge Cemetery, Langney Cemetery and Crematorium.
Cllr Whippy added: “It is crucial that we lead by example. This audit programme uses our existing resources and will allow us time to act on its recommendations so that we are confident we are doing all we can to give the disabled community the access they need and deserve.”
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