Category Archives: Great Barr Great Campaign

Banging my head against brick walls

It’s now being three months since I wrote to the Minister for Disabled People, Mike Penning, about my campaign for better access in Great Barr. I had hoped that he would clarify who was responsible for enforcing the Equality Act … Continue reading

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Finally time to look for a literary agent

I’ve been pretty busy over the past few months. As well as working on my campaign to make Great Barr great for Disabled People (Great Barr Accessibility Report), and raising my little boy, Jack, I’ve been trying to finalise the first … Continue reading

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Letter to Mike Penning – Minister for Disabled People

Dear Mr Penning Making Great Barr great for Disabled People My name is Aideen Blackborough and I have Cerebral Palsy.  I use an electric wheelchair to get around and run my own training business which focuses on Equality and Diversity. … Continue reading

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Great Barr Great Campaign: The Story So Far

Great Barr Great Campaign: The Story So Far September 2012:  Having realised how inaccessible the Great Barr area was, I began researching and collating information which form the basis of the Accessibility Report. January 2013:  Great Barr Accessibility Report – … Continue reading

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Equality Act falls off agenda for Sandwell Council

It’s now almost a year since I launched my campaign to make Great Barr great for Disabled People and sadly, the fight continues. In their letter dated the 18th September, Sandwell Council requested “a list of all retailers considered to … Continue reading

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Latest Follow-up letter to Sandwell Council

Thank-you for your response, via Tom Watson regarding my campaign to make Great Barr great for disabled people.  Please find enclosed the additional information you requested regarding the shops which are not accessible and those failing to display accessibility signage.  … Continue reading

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Great Barr Accessibility Campaign Continues

Sandwell council have now responded to my campaign to make Great Barr more accessible for disabled people. Their response is fairly detailed and I am in the process of preparing the additional information which they have requested. This includes a … Continue reading

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Response from Chief Executive of Sandwell Council

We have now considered the report by Mrs Blackborough regarding the shopping centre at Great Barr and commend her on the time taken to carry out research and compile the report. In respect of the findings on Page 7 that … Continue reading

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Follow Up Letter to Chief Executive of Sandwell Council

2nd October 2013 Dear Jan Britton RE: Making Great Barr great for Disabled People You may remember that in February I started a campaign to make Great Barr more accessible for Disabled People and I compiled a report which highlighted … Continue reading

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Making Great Barr great for Disabled People – Latest Update

The response to my campaign to make Great Barr great for disabled people was very disappointing.  Just one of the retailers responded and that was only to inform me that they would refer the matter to their head office.  I … Continue reading

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