Enabling all to enjoy the best that Bray can offer
MEMBERS of Enable Ireland were at Bray swimming pool last Friday to mark the end of Action Week on Disability, which included the results of Enable Ireland’s ‘Access All Areas’ survey.
The services identified a number of local access issues that they highlighted during the week.
‘It is great that Bray pool is now open,’ said a spokeswoman. ‘It is such a wonderful resource for the community. It has been very encouraging liaising with the pool management who continue to try to make it fully accessible for all pool users. There is a pool lift to enable entry and it is hoped there will be a hoist and changing plinth in the near future.’
The survey also commended the fact that there is an accessible bowling alley which many of the Enable Ireland service users avail of regularly, as well as a theatre which many users also frequent.
The report remarked that Bray Town Council recently looked for input from the organisation as part of a proposal to develop a fully accessible and inclusive playground.
It was revealed that huge improvements have been made to enhance the wheelchair access to popular forest trails in Glendalough and Newtownmountkennedy Coilte Forest.
‘Unfortunately most of these facilities meet the minimum criteria for disabled toilets,’ said the spokeswoman. ‘But in practicethey do not meet the needs of most of our service users, leaving them without toilet facilities.’
She added that while there have been positive moves in parking in Bray, service users are still frustrated by the poor quality of the footpaths, lack of dished curbing and many buildings and shops continue to be inaccessible for wheelchair users. According to service users narrow pathways throughout Wicklow as well as cars parking on the footpaths continue to hinder access.
In Bray Pool to mark the end of Enable Ireland Access All Areas Awareness Week (from left) Catherine Conway (Occupational Therapist, Enable Ireland), Stephen Kinsella (Duty Manager), Kevin Kelly (General Manager), Dominick Gunshenan (CEO Shoreline Leisure), Anglea McEvoy (Physio Manager Enable Ireland) and Corinna Nolan (Swim Coordinator Shoreline Leisure).
A big smile from Kayleigh Fisher in Bray Pool. INSET ABOVE: Mairead McCormack with Mary Harris.