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 shortly.

Ahead of the meeting, Labour Councillor Rachel Melly said:

“We believe York is a welcoming city but unfortunately that isn’t true of the city centre for some of our disabled residents, who say they cannot shop and do other things in the centre since their access has been restricted. This motion is about reviewing the whole topic of accessibility, from getting in and out of the pedestrianised footstreets area, to ensuring all the facilities needed are available to people once they get there.”

The motion reiterated that an earlier 2019 approved council motion to alter access within the walls applies only to non-essential vehicle journeys and was absolutely explicit in requiring an ongoing, meaningful dialogue with blue badge holders and groups such as us.

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