Pizza Hut

Pizza Hut

21st June I visited Pizza Hut, Eastern Avenue.

Parking

There are two disabled parking spaces located at the front of the building.

There is a flat entrance leading into the venue with a large accessible, double door.

All the staff members were very helpful, friendly and well mannered. Our waitress was fantastic from start to finish and answered any of our questions.

Toilets

There are disabled toilets located at the back of the building.

They are accessible for wheelchair user and there is enough room for a wheelchair to turn around safely.There is enough room for a family member or PA to assist a wheelchair user.

The toilet has handrails for both transfer sides. The sink, hand dryer and toilet paper dispenser are all accessible for wheelchair users.

The toilet doesn’t require a RADAR key.

The lighting is nice and bright, the toilets are nice and clean and safe to use.

Restaurant

The restaurant is accessible for wheelchair users. The restaurant has an open plan seating area and lots of accessible tables.

There is a raised area of steps which is inaccessible by wheelchair users, however there is still plenty of easy access.

There are lots of booths and quiet corners to get away from the hustle and bustle.

The restaurant offer a larger print menu and braille menu for the visually impaired but they don’t offer a hearing loop for the deaf.

The menus are nice and light.

There is a moderate level of background music. This will get louder if the restaurant is full.

They allow all service dogs into the building.

 

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Jet Age Museum

Jet Age Museum

17th June 2017

There are two disabled parking spaces located at the front of the building.

There is a flat entrance leading into the venue with large accessible double doors.

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Once inside, you go through a set of accessible double doors to enter the museum.

Attraction

Once inside there is a large open space which is all completely accessible.

There are lots of planes and little bits of information that you can get up close and personal with. I could drive my wheelchair right up to any of these displays with no trouble.

Outside there are some planes that are open for the public to go in and sit in. However these are inaccessible for wheelchair users due to the gravelled ground leading up to the planes. 

There is a possibility of them looking into getting a third seat at the back one of the Harrier planes. Then this will make the plane accessible for wheelchair users. Watch this space for an update!

Toilets

There are disabled toilets located to the right as you enter the building.

These are accessible for wheelchair users. There isn’t quite enough room for a wheelchair to turn around safely. There is room for a family member or PA to assist a wheelchair user.

There are handrails for both transfer sides. The sink and toilet paper dispenser are both accessible for a wheelchair user. The hand dryer is a little too high for a wheelchair user.

The toilet doesn’t require a RADAR key.

The lighting in the toilet nice and bright. The toilets are nice and clean and safe to use.

Café

There is a café to the left as you enter the building. This is accessible for wheelchair users.

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There are lots of tables that you can fit a wheelchair underneath.

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The Comfy Pew

The Comfy Pew

13th June 2017

There is disabled parking located at Westgate Street Car and Coach Park.

There is a cobbled street leading up to the venue. This is quite uncomfortable for anyone in an electric wheelchair but navigable.

There is a flat entrance leading into the venue. This has a very narrow door, but it is accessible.

 

Inside there are tables and booths however, I couldn’t fit my wheelchair underneath any of them.

There are tables located outside which are a bit more accessible.

Unfortunately there are no disabled toilets located in the building.

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The Dick Whittington

The Dick Whittington

9th June 2017

There is disabled parking located in the Westgate Street Car and Coach Park.

The pub actually has no accessible entrance. They do have portable ramps to use on the front entrance steps but these are not suitable for a power wheelchair.

We did attempt to use them to get into the building but the ramp wouldn’t take the weight of my wheelchair, which is quite compact.

The staff members were all very kind, helpful and friendly.

Also unfortunately there are no disabled toilets within the building.

To be able to ea,t we sat in the pub’s beer garden. There are a few tables outside that are wheelchair accessible. You do have to order your food at the bar. Therefore you will need someone who is able bodied to order your food for you.

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Hedley’s

Hedley’s

7th June 2017

There is disabled parking located at Westgate Street Car and Coach Park.

There is a flat entrance leading into the venue with a wide, accessible single door.

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All the staff members were very helpful, friendly and well mannered.

Nicola took the time out of her day to answer our questions.

Toilets

There is a disabled toilets located at the back of the back of the building. This toilet is accessible for a wheelchair user and surprisingly modern for a very old building – well done, Hedleys!

It is not large enough for a wheelchair to turn around in safely. There is room for a family member or PA to assist a wheelchair user. It was quite a tight squeeze and a little hard work to use the toilet, due to the space but they have made the effort to provide the facility.

The toilet has handrails for both transfer sides. The sink, paper towel dispenser and toilet paper dispenser are all accessible for wheelchair users.

The toilet doesn’t require a RADAR key.

The lighting is nice and bright and the toilets are nice and clean and safe to use.

 

The coffee shop is accessible for wheelchair users, there is plenty of seating inside for wheelchair users and also tables outside the front which are also accessible.

They currently don’t offer a larger print menu or a braille menu for the visually impaired. They also do not offer a hearing loop for the deaf. This is something they are looking into.

The current menu is on a clipboard so a little heavy and awkward to hold.

There is a large chalk board above the till stating which coffees they offer. This is nice and large and easy to see.

The coffee shop lighting is nice and bright. They also allow guide dogs into the building.

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Gloucester Cathedral

Gloucester Cathedral

12th June 2017

There is disabled parking located at the Westgate Car and Coach Park.

There is a long, cobbled road leading up to the entrance of the venue.

Parts of this can be very uncomfortable if you are in a wheelchair but it is a beautiful place to visit, so worth the effort!

At the moment, the Cathedral is undergoing some construction work. This is to make the venue more accessible in the future.

Once inside the Cathedral the space is very large and open and accessible to anybody who is in a wheelchair.

 

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Once you enter the Nave you can turn right and go down the South Aisle. This will lead you up to a ramp which will take you further into the South Transept. This is as far as you can go with being in a wheelchair.

If you go along the North Aisle there is another ramp leading to the North Transept.

There is currently construction work going on in the North Transept. They are putting in an accessible lift which will make the rest of the Cathedral more accessible.

The corridors inside, famous for being a set in The Harry Potter movies, go around in a square and each area of this is completely accessible.

These are called the West Walk, East Walk, North Walk and South Walk. Please be aware that in parts, the lighting can be quite dim.

From the East Walk you are able to get outside into the gardens. These are called Cloister Garth.

These are accessible for wheelchair users however, I didn’t get the chance to go outside due to the weather.

The coffee shop and toilets are located to the left hand side in the first corridor.

The disabled toilet is on the left hand side – it is accessible for wheelchair users. It is not quite large enough for a wheelchair to turn around safely. There is space for a PA or family member to assist a wheelchair user.

The toilet has handrails for both transfer sides. The sink, hand dryer and toilet paper dispenser are all accessible for wheelchair users.

The toilet doesn’t require a RADAR key.

The lighting is nice and bright. The toilets are nice and clean and safe to use.

There is a lift which will take you down to the coffee shop; this is a single lift only large enough for the wheelchair user.

There are easy to reach buttons on the inside of the lift, for self- operation. Or there are buttons on the wall upstairs and downstairs for a PA or family member to operate the lift.

Once down and out of the lift, you follow the corridor along to find the coffee shop.

There is an outside seating area however, this has a step so care is required by the wheelchair user.

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The café has plenty of seating which is accessible for wheelchair users, the café offers teas, coffee and a good selection of light lunches and cakes.

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Westminster

Westminster

My interview with Richard Graham

Posted by Christian Drewitt on Friday, 9 June 2017

 

 

Today, 25th April 2017, I was invited to meet Richard Graham, my local MP for Gloucester at the Houses of Parliament in Westminster.

I had been invited by my employer at the time, Jason Smith, chief executive of Marketing Gloucester, to discuss the details of my role as Disability Access Assessor and my progress within Marketing Gloucester. We also took the opportunity to assess the accessibility of the Houses of Parliament which was a very interesting experience.

On arrival, we started our journey at 1 Parliament Street. Once we’d got through the rigorous security process and collected our visitor ID badges, we made our way through the corridor where we were greeted by Megan Trethewey.

We then took the lift up to meet Richard Graham  and we were also introduced to Charlotte Farrow, Policy Officer, Disability Issues for the Department of Work and Pensions. Charlotte took the time out of her day to discuss her job role and offer any advice and help she could, to support my project.

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We discussed with Richard Graham what it is involved in my job role. I explained to him that I’m working as the Disability Access Assessor for Marketing Gloucester and my brief is to create an Accessible Disability Guide for the city of Gloucester, by visiting local tourist attractions, venues, facilities etc.

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After our discussion we started the tour of the Houses of Parliament.

We left 1 Parliament Street and made our way down the lift to Portcullis House. The lift was completely accessible and had braille buttons for the visually impaired.

The stunning glass-roofed Portcullis House was completely accessible for wheelchair users. We were able to meet the then current MPs.  I discussed my project with them and what my plans are for the future, hopefully to expand and provide assessment of other cities around the UK.

Matt Hancock

Matt Hancock

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Nick Watts from Newsnight

Robert Wilson

Rob Wilson, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Civil Society

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Royston Smith - Chris Green

Royston Smith & Chris Green

 

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Graham Brady

We then took the lift down to make our way to the Palace of Westminster. We used the tunnel that connects with the underground station, which was completely accessible, however, the lighting was extremely dim, which would be difficult for somebody who is visually impaired.

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We met a few more people along the way, all busy with their occupations but taking the time to talk to me.

Kate Green

Kate Green, then MP for Stretford and Urmston.

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Marcus Fysh

Marcus Fysh, then MP for Yeovil and South Somerset.

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Alok Sharma (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Minister for Asia and Pacific)

& Mark Garnier (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for International Trade)

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Once inside Westminster Hall it was clearly extremely accessible. It has a large open space and it was no trouble for a wheelchair to get around on the flag-stoned floor.

Also, as you enter to the right of the building there are wheelchairs for visitors to borrow if necessary.

 

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We made our way to the back of the Hall in order to access the Central Lobby.

Here we met Frederick the Doorkeeper who showed us where to go next.

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We had to walk outside and up the ramp to be able to get into the next part of the building. There are more lifts to take you up to the Central Lobby, this is all completely accessible.

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The House of Lords and the Committee Rooms are all also accessible.

St Stephen’s Hall was the only place that we came across that was inaccessible within the Central Lobby.

The outside terrace is also accessible, with a ramp leading out to it and has beautiful views of both the River Thames and the London Eye.

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There is also clear access to the gift shop and café, with a glass lift leading down to both.

Sincere thanks go to Richard Graham for spending so much time with us to ensure we missed nothing. It was a very successful day and everyone we met was very welcoming, positive and interested in my work.

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The Sward Inn

The Sward Inn

31st May 2017

There is disabled parking located at the Westgate Street Car and Coach Park.

There is an accessible entrance into the venue –  however, the front door is very narrow. So this would be impossible for somebody in a large wheelchair.

 

You can sit in the section by the bar at the back of the building.

There is another seating area to the right hand side of the building however, this has a step leading down.

There is also seating available outside the pub on the street.

Toilets

Unfortunately there are no disabled toilets within the building.

They don’t have a larger print menu or braille menu for the visually impaired or a hearing loop for the deaf.

 

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