Changing Places, what I am seeking is for current building regulations to be amended to reflect improved universal access design to incorporate changing place facilities in public buildings/new builds (part M)
Included in New County Development Plan in South Dublin County Council
To include a new section in the ‘Community Infrastructure’ chapter:
“3.15.0 Universally-Accessible Community Facilities
Community Infrastructure (CI) Policy 13 Accessibility
It is the policy of this Council to promote the highest levels of universal accessibility in all community facilities.
CI 13 Objective 1:
To ensure the highest level of universal accessibility in all new community facilities.
CI 13 Objective 2:
To improve levels of universal accessibility in all existing community facilities
CI 13 Objective 3:
To promote the provision of ‘changing spaces’ in public community buildings in the County, including in all major new community buildings.”
That this Council reaffirms the decision taken at the December 2014 Council meeting to endorse the ‘Inclusion Ireland’ initiative called ‘Changing Places’; and directs the Chief Executive to include appropriate policies, objectives and actions in the Development Plan to promote, actively support and (where appropriate) require the implementation of measures to make businesses, sporting venues and public access points in our County more accessible to all.
South Dublin County Council has been committed to access and equality since the Council was established in 1995. SDCC adopted the Barcelona Declaration in June 2002 and has been actively implementing the Declaration ever since through various actions and access initiatives.
This EU-wide Declaration advocates the right of disabled people to equal opportunities, inclusiveness and integration. It has been a major instrument of change.
The extensive access works and initiatives which SDCC have undertaken over the past 11 years in particular have all been focused on removing the barriers that create disability and exclusion in order to create a truly Accessible South Dublin County.
Building on this strong track record, I am asking that South Dublin County Council support and collaborate with Inclusion Ireland to work with businesses, sporting venues and public access points to highlight the benefits of this initiative, in order to continue making our county more accessible.