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Forum => News and Current Affairs. => Topic started by: ditchdwellers on 02 Nov 2021 08:16AM

Title: Lack of access at Cop26
Post by: ditchdwellers on 02 Nov 2021 08:16AM
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-59128618


An Israeli minister was unable to gain access to the grounds of the Cop26 venue as it is not accessible to wheelchair users.
I don't whether I feel more ashamed as the host nation or shocked, disappointed, embarassed, let down, and angry. I think it's a combination of all of these things.


Which numpty who organised this didn't consider accessibility? I truly despair at times. It feels like one step forward and two steps back.
Title: Re: Lack of access at Cop26
Post by: oldtone27 on 02 Nov 2021 09:47AM

I quite agree.


I thought this was a modern venue so how come it is inaccessible or is it a problem of thoughtless security?
Title: Re: Lack of access at Cop26
Post by: On the edge on 02 Nov 2021 12:10PM
Blame the Scots they set it up lol
Title: Re: Lack of access at Cop26
Post by: Monic1511 on 02 Nov 2021 06:59PM
The venue as in the building is accessible, the UK organisers set up shuttle buses with no wheelchair access or pedestrian access to the venue. Bit stupid but plenty of wheelchairs get into the hydro for concerts.


Don’t know why they didn’t source buses with ramps as the local bus companies (First & McGills) both have buses that accept wheelchairs
Title: Re: Lack of access at Cop26
Post by: ditchdwellers on 03 Nov 2021 10:47AM
It's just a lack of joined up thinking on the part of the organisers assuming that all attendees would be ambulant.


Apparently, the government are now trying to blame the Israeli visiting party for failing to declare that they would require specific access requirements in advance. They, of course, deny this and state that the organisers were clearly informed on numerous occasions. When will society change so that access requirements do not have to be notified in advance? Only then will we getting somewhere close to having true parity and access equality.
Title: Re: Lack of access at Cop26
Post by: Sunny Clouds on 03 Nov 2021 12:56PM
Even if easy access transport isn't the default for something like that, it should be on standby for rapid availability if needed.  A vehicle that is suitable for someone normally in a wheelchair is also suitable for someone temporarily in a wheelchair after getting injured or falling ill during the journey, and often more helpful for an ambulant person, struggling with steps, whether permanently or temporarily.

Title: Re: Lack of access at Cop26
Post by: Sunny Clouds on 10 Nov 2021 06:55PM
I've just been reading the latest edition of Private Eye.  There's a cartoon I can't copy and paste because it's not on their website, and I don't want to quote word for word what they're not publishing for free, but the gist of it is that pledges have been made at Cop 26 for disability access by a distant future date.