DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION ACT 2004
“To provide a level playing field for able and disabled persons employing all reasonable measures.”
The following facilities are currently available at St. Mary’s
1] Disabled toilet, located in the SW corner of hall.
2] Hall is sited adjacent to church yard entrance.
3] Ramp access to main entrance of hall.
4] Main entrance to hall is Emergency Fire Exit with 900mm door.
5] Access to church yard and church building is free of steps.
6] Double door access to the church.
7] Portable ramp available for wheelchair access to Chancel.
St. Catherine Chapel & St. Nicholas Chapel.
8] A “Loop system” installed for persons with impaired hearing.
9] Large print “weekly newsletter” and “service books” available.
10] Communion is available to disabled persons either in wheelchairs at the Chancel steps or seated in the front row pews.
The following aspects have been considered and confirmed there are no solutions currently available.
1] The Parish Office is located on the 1st floor of the hall and the only access is via a staircase and therefore cannot be accessed by a wheelchair.
2] The Bell Ringing Chamber is located at the west end of the church with access via a spiral staircase and therefore cannot be accessed by a wheelchair.
The following action has been agreed
1] A bell/buzzer system for signalling the Parish Office from the ground floor is being investigated for implementation.
2] Lower the “raised wooden floor area” associated with the redevelopment of the NW corner of the church.