We aim to carry out two access audits per year. These include hands on training for new members (and trustees), and also act as team building events where members learn new skills.
The Engine Shed
Developed by Historic Environment Scotland, this public building is Scotland’s first dedicated building conservation centre. The Engine Shed is a sophisticated research and learning hub which offers an understanding of architectural features through the use of the very latest technology available. The Panel was consulted on the accessibility of the premises.
Clear and level approaches into the building
Entrance via single-leaf powered doors
The use of hearing loops in several key areas
Staff who are very keen to help
Lack of disabled access parking bay/drop-off area
Lack of lowered counter at reception
Poor colour contrast in reception area
Incorrect/missing features in the accessible WC
We advised upon internal improvements and the importance of a designated parking bay. Resolving these issues is dependent upon further funding and agreement with the council on land use.
“This was a challenging experience but, we were able to ensure that both Historic Environment Scotland and Stirling Council, were aware of their obligations, as public bodies, to meet the requirements of the Equality Act 2010.”
Isabella Gorska, SAAP Member
Stirling Care Village
The Panel was consulted several times about this complex planning application for a new GP, Minor Injury Unit and X-Ray facility in Stirling.
We believe that the provision of disabled parking will be sufficient.
Need for inclusion of a Changing Places WC
Provision of adequate entrances
Inclusion of dropped kerbs on all pedestrian access routes
General parking provision
Following our assessment, it was agreed that a Changing Places WC will be built in the Care Hub and that dropped kerbs will be installed at all entrance/exit points.
"During discussions, it was rewarding to point out areas which needed improving. It's great to know we are making a real difference and improving access for local people."
Robert Dick, SAAP Member
The Panel has been involved in numerous consultations about streetscaping at many locations, including: Stirling City, Dunblane, Callander, Aberfoyle, Stirling Station, Plean, Balfron, and Drymen.
Our contribution included advising on issues such as increasing the number of disabled parking bays, adding dropped kerbs, pedestrian crossings, the addition of seating, and issues relating to ‘shared surfaces’ (e.g. between cyclists and pedestrians).
The Panel worked with representatives from Network Rail on a project relating to the elimination of two pedestrian crossings, one at St Ninian’s and the other in Cornton.
The minor changes we recommended were included to the pedestrian bridge with a wheelchair ramp at St Ninian’s.
Our recommendation regarding the addition of seating benches near the top of the new road bridge sited in Cornton was followed.
Stirling Albion Football Club Stadium
We carried out a survey for the club and found the facilities and access to be good.