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Disability West Lothian Access Committee

West Lothian Access Committee


A sub group of Disability West Lothian, works across the private, public and third sectors to remove physical and attitudinal barriers to equality, and to promote all aspects of independent living within the West Lothian community.

West Lothian Access Fund is available to charitable and voluntary organisations to improve access and use of facilities and premises.

Applications are made through the Access Committee and administered by West Lothian Council.

West Lothian Access Committee
West Calder Community Centre
Dickson Street
West Calder
EH55 8DZ

07523738624 or 07754106144

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SDEF is the umbrella organisation for Access Panels across Scotlandwho are funded be Scottish Government

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What the West Lothian Panel has been up to?

West Lothian Council - Community Streets dropped kerbs and handrails

  • West Lothian Council Improvements Phase 1 and 2
  • Referral to committee for a number of requests, comments and recommendations given.
  • Aim to improve access for local community, to join up drop kerbs to pavements, install handrails on stair and to paths where practical to do so.

Planning and Building Control - New Builds, and Refurbishments

  • Whitehill Service Centre Refurbishment – Review showers, car parking.
  • Armadale Community Centre - Nursery Extension review resting place and entry system
  • Blackburn Partnership Centre Development. Loops, signage, toilets
  • West Lothian Social Housing – wheelchair accessible housing, issues with accessible bathroom design.

Scottish Building Standards – looking at difficulty of minimum standards and practical use by disabled people.

Local Issues

  • Arrochar House Accessibility – issues with parking, doors and location of entrance
  • Party at the Palace accessibility – Update on access issues from 2016 event
  • Taxi Variation Application – West Lothian Council requested comments for committee on a variation application they received. Members commented against granting variation, Licensing denied currently going through appeal process, update appeal withdrawn.
  • Livingston Retail Park new development – checking access features
  • Parking Issues, Blue Badge Abuse
  • Train Cancellations and access issues
  • Local Allotments Access
  • Local Bowling Club Access
  • 'Walk and Talk' Audits - HMP Addiewell and Linlithgow Football Club

West Lothian Access Fund Application and recommendation

Whitburn Junior Football Club – Fund granted. Improvements made new stand will now has increased access features for spectators who are ambulant disabled or wheelchair users.

Events, Consultations and Forums

  • Edinburgh Airport Flight Path consolation
  • West Lothian Equality Outcome review and consultation – 2017 – 2020 plan, plan English use increased, increased relevance to local people.
  • Airport Concierge Service – New disabled passenger support
  • SesTran Equalities and Access to healthcare forum – Thistle Card App
  • SATA – Accessible Transport Framework
  • SDEF Housing for Disabled People consultation - input
  • Hate Crime Events
  • Draft British Sign Language National Plan comments
  • Scotrail Accessable Awareness Day
  • Accessible Holiday Chalet opening Dunbar

Who have we been engaging with?

  • West Lothian Council – Equalities Advisor Human Resources, Occupational Therapy, Housing, Building Control, Planning, Licencing
  • Lothian NHS
  • Local Councillors, MSP and MP's
  • Local Organisation and Businesses
  • Scottish Disability Equality Forum
  • SATA
  • SESTran
  • Inclusion Scotland

What are West Lothian plans for the next three months?

  • Continued involvement in West Lothian Council Project Developments
  • Access Audits
  • West Lothian Access Fund site visits and application review
  • Input into local issues.
  • Local Events attend and local involvement
  • Attendance at affordable National events

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Disability West Lothian is registered as West Lothian Voluntary Council for Disabled People Limited by Guarantee with Charitable Status
Company Registration No. 111744 - Scottish Charity No. SC010605

Disability West Lothian is registered as West Lothian Voluntary Council for Disabled People Limited by Guarantee with Charitable Status
Company Registration No. 111744 - Scottish Charity No. SC010605