Making Great Barr Great for Disabled People

Since returning to Great Barr, Birmingham,  I have become increasingly aware of many accessibility issues around the Scott Arms area which are having a big impact on my consumer options. I decided to compile an Accessibility Report which aims to highlight these issues, as well as examples of good accessibility and kick start a campaign to make Great Barr great for disabled people.

As part of this campaign, I have written a letter to all the shops in the area which are inaccessible, offering them support and advice to improve their accessibility. I have also written to the local MP for the area, Tom Watson, to bring his attention to these problems and asked him to support this campaign for change. Both letters are included in this report.

The report covers the main Scott Arms shopping area and also includes the shop units between Machine Mart and the Holy Name Church on the Birmingham Road, as well as the units on the Queslett Road / Sundial Lane and Pages Lane.

The report concentrates on accessibility issues for mobility impaired customers – specifically those who use either electric or manual wheelchairs or scooters. However, it should be noted that the issues raised equally affect customers with prams and pushchairs and the report also offers general accessibility advice.

Download the Great Barr Accessibility Report – Final

If you would like to commission an accessibility report for your local area or your business, please contact Flyinglady.