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Blue Badge Access – York

URGENT – Actions in relation to removal of Blue Badge parking spaces in the city centre. Many of you will have been following recent developments regarding Blue Badge parking. At the meeting of the York Human Rights City Network Steering Group on 15th July, we took the decision to issue a statement in which we concluded that: […]

“Blue Badge Changes Offers Little For Severely Disabled”

From York Press. YORK council now offers consultation with Blue Badge holders on the radical changes in the plan for disabled parking in the city. Or have the decisions already been made? This new plan offers very little for those severely disabled people, who, once parked, require a wheelchair or other mobility device to continue […]

‘Our Worst Day!’ Popular York Café Fears For Its Future After Council Forces It To Remove Outdoor Seating

From YorkMix. A York café’s profits have plummeted by more than half after a council “technicality” robbed them of their outdoor seating. 52 Broadway Coffee Shop in Fulford, described as a “meeting point” for the local community, has been forced to remove its outdoor seating and the owners have been told they can’t even open their […]

Statement Presented To The Council: Ensuring Access For All

From The York Disability Rights Forum. On Thursday 15th July, York Labour took a motion to a full council meeting (agenda item 8) that seeks to make the city centre fully accessible. The motion passed but with significant ammendments and we will be posting a blog that explores those changes and what they mean for the motion […]

Disability Access To York City Centre

City of York Council and Access Discrimination. You may recall from a previou post that I mentioned how City of York Council had barred Blue Badge Holders from the city centre. This temporary situation supposedly brought in due to Covid-19 restrictions is now to be made permanent. A debate on the subject of access was […]

York Access Hub

The aim of the Hub is to have somewhere for both the residents of York, and visitors to go to when they want to find somewhere that’s accessible to them, despite their disability. To make this happen, we welcome all businesses to advertise for free on this site through completing the Contact Form. You will […]

Cycling In York City Centre

From City Of York Council. City of York Council are hosting an online workshop with cyclists and disabled people who use cycles as a mobility aid in York city centre. About this event Over the past year we have been talking to groups and individuals who have been impacted by the footstreets policy in York […]

Pavement Cafés And Street Furniture: Not For Us

The City of York Council Licensing and Regulatory Committee met on 26th April. On the agenda (item 6) was a report about businesses reopening with pavement cafés which stated there were no equality implications surrounding this. We strongly disagree. We took our opportunity to speak at the meeting and sent the statement below to the members of […]

2021 Tour De Yorkshire Postponed, But All Set To Return In 2022

  By Graham Clark in the Yorkshire Times. Welcome to Yorkshire, and the Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) have confirmed that the 2021 Tour de Yorkshire will now be postponed until 2022. The difficult decision has been made after in-depth and constructive discussions with race organisers ASO, and also after detailed consultation with all the tourism […]

How To Hide Your Disabled People: A Lesson From City Of York Council

By Elki in York Disability Rights Forum. Elki lives in York and relies on using her Blue Badge to be able to park near enough to the places she needs and wants to go. In this Member’s Voice post, Elki writes about what she sees as the dangers of reducing disability visibility in York. Disability […]

Mum Launches Petition To Reopen Historic York Shop

  From YorkMix. A mum whose dream of reopening an historic York shop could be dashed by planners has launched a petition to support her cause. Last August Sara Winlow bought the property which used to house South Bank Stores on Balmoral Terrace, close to the racecourse. The shop had long since closed, and she […]

Don’t Think Disabled People Have It Easy Because We Get ‘Perks’

        By Samantha Renke in The Metro.   ‘But you get free parking, and you get to jump to the front of the queue. What about those nice big toilets, they can’t be all that bad, hey?’ These are just some of the comments I’ve had over the years as a disabled […]

An Accessible Railway Would Get More Than 50,000 Disabled People Into Work

  From Disability Horizons. An accessible rail system must be prioritised as part of the economic recovery from Covid-19, says disability charity Leonard Cheshire. At present, 41% of railway stations in Britain are still not step-free and the Government is still set to miss its 2030 target on creating step-free journeys for disabled people by 40 years […]

Campaigner’s Research Shows Rail Access Information Is Often ‘Wildly Inaccurate’

By John Pring in Disability News Service.   Information used by disabled passengers to check if a rail station is accessible is frequently “wildly inaccurate”, and often leads them to book travel to and from stations they cannot access, according to new research. The research by disabled campaigner and access expert Doug Paulley shows that the accuracy […]

Former Radio York Journalist Turned BBC Boss Axes Popular Presenters From The Station

  From YorkMix.   BBC Radio York is facing major cutbacks as the corporation aims to make £25 million of savings. Under the plans the BBC is to cut 450 jobs in its English regional TV news and current affairs, local radio and online news. Look North will have just one presenter and Radio York will have just three daytime […]

#Walking From Home: The Wheelchair User

    Caroline lives in a seaside town in England and is a member of one of our Local Groups of volunteers.  As a wheelchair user, Caroline is passionate about improving streets and the access to them for everyone. In normal times, Caroline’s favourite things are being with friends, volunteering and seeing the sea. Here she […]

#Walkingfromhome: The Wheelchair User

  From Living Streets. Caroline lives in a seaside town in England and is a member of one of our Local Groups of volunteers.  As a wheelchair user, Caroline is passionate about improving streets and the access to them for everyone. In normal times, Caroline’s favourite things are being with friends, volunteering and seeing the […]

York City Prepare Bootham Crescent To Welcome Back Fans

  From YorkMix Sport.   York City are ready to ‘grasp with both hands’ the opportunity to bring fans back to games. When England comes out of lockdown, stadiums are to be allowed to welcome limited numbers of spectators, if they are in a Tier 1 or 2 area. Stadiums in Tier 1 will be […]

Why Do We Need To highlight Disability History Month ?

  By Gem Turner in WheelAir.   At the time of posting this, it’s Disability History Month in the UK. It’s not very widely known – and when I talk about it, it gets a lot of questions from people. The main one is something like “it’s quite good for disabled people now though isn’t […]

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