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Free Opportunities For York Businesses

Two things York businesses might want to get involved in at no cost. Join the York ME Community Inter-Company Fantasy Football League to help raise Awareness of those with ME in York. Info at www.York-ME-Community.org . Plus free advertising at the York Access Hub.  Visit www.yah.org.uk

What Freedom Day Means To The Disabled

Helen Jones explains what ‘Freedom Day’ means for disabled people On so called ‘Freedom Day’, instead of celebratory dancing and drinking, many disabled people were reacting with horror and retreating back into a state of isolation. In fact, one in seven disabled people plan to keep shielding despite the lack of support available from the government to do […]

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 […]

Next Steps For New Unitary Councils In Cumbria & North Yorkshire

By Andrew Palmer in Yorkshire Times. Plans for new unitary councils in Cumbria and North Yorkshire have taken an important step forward today following approval from Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick. The plans will move the areas away from a two-tier system of county and district councils to unitary councils, strengthening local leadership and transforming […]

Disabled Councillors Blocked From Accessibility Vote — Because They Are Disabled

By Jasmine Andersson in iNews. A council ballot turned sour when two councillors were blocked from voting in an accessibility debate — because they are disabled. Councillors Katie Lomas and Ashley Mason were told by York City Council they had “a prejudicial interest” in vote on improving accessibility in the town centre because they are Blue Badge holders. […]

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 […]

The York Access Hub

There’s a new website launching in York soon called the York Access Hub.  It will offer free advertising to York businesses including text, photos and a little information as to how accessible your business is to the disabled community. The idea is that it will be the one stop shop for visitors to York, either […]

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 […]

Guest Blog: Outdoor Seating Plans For York City Centre

  From York Disability Rights Forum.   We invited Make it York and City of York Council to tell us about the outside seating that’s being introduced as part of the plans to reopen the city. Here you can find out about the ways that disabled access has been incorporated into those plans. As well […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

City Of York Council Ban Blue Badge Holders From City Centre

  There are approximately 49,058 cities, towns and villages in the UK. The disabled spend is around £212 billion per year. I wonder how many of these places have banned Blue Badge holders from their centres stopping them spending some of that money with struggling retailers? York has..

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