Chance to showcase accessible tourism in Brighton and Hove

The Royal Pavilion was one of the attractions assessed for accessibility

The Royal Pavilion was one of the attractions assessed for accessibility

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Brighton and Hove has been named as one of four tourist destinations chosen to work with the national tourist board VisitEngland to improve access to attractions.

The Access for All campaign is aimed at championing and improving accessible tourism in England and the city was invited to take part because of its consistent commitment to improving accessibility for visitors.

As part of the campaign, funded by £100,000 from the regional growth fund, as well as contributions from partners and VisitBrighton, the city’s top accommodation spots and visitor attractions were investigated to see if the access can be improved.

The Royal Pavilion, Preston Manor and the city’s museums as well as the Thistle Brighton, Jurys Inn and Hilton Brighton Metropole were all assessed as part of the project. Investigations were carried out to look at public areas and bedrooms, signage, literature and websites to assess the wheelchair access and how they accommodated those with hearing and visual impairments.

Geoffrey Bowden, chairman of Brighton and Hove City Council’s Economic Development and Culture committee, said: “This campaign is a cost-effective way for us to showcase our accessible tourism businesses and attract more visits from disabled travellers and those with access needs.

“We know there’s plenty more work to be done to ensure access isn’t a barrier wherever possible but this is a step in the right direction and it’s good to know that Brighton and Hove is among the destinations leading the way.”

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11:37am Sun 23 Mar 14

clubrob6 says...

Well the first thing the council has to do is actually open tourist attractions such as the mini golf course on hove seafront,the next thing is to stop destroying tourist attractions like the several bowling greens filled in last year only underused as you could not hire bowls,the next thing is to provide a desent coach and bus station as pool valley has NO facilities and looks run down.I could go on but I think you get my drift.
Well the first thing the council has to do is actually open tourist attractions such as the mini golf course on hove seafront,the next thing is to stop destroying tourist attractions like the several bowling greens filled in last year only underused as you could not hire bowls,the next thing is to provide a desent coach and bus station as pool valley has NO facilities and looks run down.I could go on but I think you get my drift. clubrob6
  • Score: 10

12:55pm Sun 23 Mar 14

Roundbill says...

No, do go on, Rob. Tell us about how the police have abandoned the city centre in the evening, and left the law to be enforced by private security firms. I love it when you bang on about that.
No, do go on, Rob. Tell us about how the police have abandoned the city centre in the evening, and left the law to be enforced by private security firms. I love it when you bang on about that. Roundbill
  • Score: 6

4:33pm Sun 23 Mar 14

Alison Smith says...

The pavements need improvement. I suggest Cllr Bowden hires an electric wheelchair & takes a trip around East Street, North Street, The Clock Tower & Bond Street. I've given up on the City Centre as the pavements are a hazard. Especially with the "A" boards & "smokers tables" that get in the way. Wheelchair users can not 'side-step' into the road to get by.
The pavements need improvement. I suggest Cllr Bowden hires an electric wheelchair & takes a trip around East Street, North Street, The Clock Tower & Bond Street. I've given up on the City Centre as the pavements are a hazard. Especially with the "A" boards & "smokers tables" that get in the way. Wheelchair users can not 'side-step' into the road to get by. Alison Smith
  • Score: 7

6:40pm Sun 23 Mar 14

her professional says...

Let's just hope that the Argus moanerati stay indoors poised over their keyboards eagerly awaiting the next story that fits their warped and poisoned views of our City, then at least the rest of us can get on with improving things (always an ongoing process), enjoying the benefits of living here, and welcoming our visitors.
Let's just hope that the Argus moanerati stay indoors poised over their keyboards eagerly awaiting the next story that fits their warped and poisoned views of our City, then at least the rest of us can get on with improving things (always an ongoing process), enjoying the benefits of living here, and welcoming our visitors. her professional
  • Score: -11

8:58pm Sun 23 Mar 14

wexler53 says...

Given the greens have made Brighton the least welcoming tourist resort, and are planning a tourist tax to ice the cake, I guess Brighton needs all the help it can get....
Given the greens have made Brighton the least welcoming tourist resort, and are planning a tourist tax to ice the cake, I guess Brighton needs all the help it can get.... wexler53
  • Score: 2

2:30am Mon 24 Mar 14

Dave At Home says...

The City's museums, these being in the City and not part of it, like the Old Police Station in Portslade, where parking is still free and restaurants struggle to get trade after 4pm.

There is nothing inviting about Brighton.
The City's museums, these being in the City and not part of it, like the Old Police Station in Portslade, where parking is still free and restaurants struggle to get trade after 4pm. There is nothing inviting about Brighton. Dave At Home
  • Score: -1

5:23am Mon 24 Mar 14

mimseycal says...

Alison Smith wrote:
The pavements need improvement. I suggest Cllr Bowden hires an electric wheelchair & takes a trip around East Street, North Street, The Clock Tower & Bond Street. I've given up on the City Centre as the pavements are a hazard. Especially with the "A" boards & "smokers tables" that get in the way. Wheelchair users can not 'side-step' into the road to get by.
About the only good thing about 'accessible Brighton' is the public transport ... far from perfect but certainly much better then in most places I've been to in my (t)rusty steed.
[quote][p][bold]Alison Smith[/bold] wrote: The pavements need improvement. I suggest Cllr Bowden hires an electric wheelchair & takes a trip around East Street, North Street, The Clock Tower & Bond Street. I've given up on the City Centre as the pavements are a hazard. Especially with the "A" boards & "smokers tables" that get in the way. Wheelchair users can not 'side-step' into the road to get by.[/p][/quote]About the only good thing about 'accessible Brighton' is the public transport ... far from perfect but certainly much better then in most places I've been to in my (t)rusty steed. mimseycal
  • Score: 1

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