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					                      NDA Access Officers
                       Conference 2008
                       Fingal Experience



                                                        Mairead Phelan C. Eng.
                                                              Senior Engineer,
                                                                Transportation




Disability Act 2005       Fingal County Council (FCC)                       1
                                  Experience
                      Background
• Barcelona Declaration adopted by FCC in 2002. Core
  principal-the promotion of a more inclusive society.
• “Fingal Access for All Working Group” reps, all FCC
  departments, Co-operation Fingal, Blanchardstown
  Partnership, NCBl, Institute Design & Disability, Dublin
  Centre for Independent Living, Access Action Malahide,
  Schizophrenia Ireland and others. Very active group to
  coordinate the accessibility programme.
• Disability Act 2005, became law on the 8th July 2005
• 1993 Roads Act, Requires Road Authorities to consider
  the needs of all road users when constructing and
  maintaining public roads
• NDP 2007-2013 Disability Friendly Environment Sub-
  Programme
• T216 Vision…Disability “every person..access to public
  spaces, buildings, transport, information advocacy, &
  other public services and appropriate housing”
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                      Progress to Date
• “Fingal Access for All Working Group”
 In house multidisciplinary team prepared cross-sectoral
  accessibility audit brief.
• “Accessibility Audit Brief” barrier-free access for all user
  groups
   – Public Buildings, (Libraries, Community Centers,
     L.A. offices)
   – Public Buildings – Protected Structures (Historic
     Houses, Converted Churches, Carnegie Libraries),
   – External Spaces (Parks, Playgrounds, Sporting
     facilities)
   – Circulation Routes (Roads, Streets, Pavements,
     Pedestrian Crossings, Bus Stops, Signage).

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                      Progress to Date
•   Consultants procured, for audits with audit teams.
•   Trained Audit teams,included people with disabilities.
•   210 audits completed (incl, 75 school patrol crossings).
•   Draft Implementation Plan, submitted to the DoEHLG.
•   Minutes of meetings can now be produced in Braille.
•   FCC web casting council meetings live on the Internet.
•   Document magnifiers & 'Big Keys' keyboards @ public
    access computers in Civic Offices.
•   70% of outdoor staff received training in Disability.
•   University of Ulster delivered “The Universal Accessibility
    Auditing Programme” 17 Access auditors.
•   Audio Frequency Induction – Loop Systems in Offices.
•   A number of FCC Policy Documents access audited.
•   Wheelchairs available for use in Civic Buildings.

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                                Experience
IMPLEMENTATION PLAN 2008-2010-Scheme of Priorities
•   Libraries
•   Public Access Areas in Local Authority buildings
•   Circulation Routes, prioritisation will be given to routes which interface between
    streetscapes and transport infrastructure, for example, routes which link schools,
    libraries, places of worship, shops, bus stops, taxi ranks, rail stations, etc. These are
    the areas used most frequently by vulnerable road users. Identification and
    priortisation of these routes also promotes travel demand management i.e. promotion
    of sustainable transport modes. The level of usage and who uses the route, will also
    be an issue, i.e. is there a retirement home on the route?
•   School crossings, Pedestrian Crossings, Traffic light crossings,
•   Playgrounds, parks, public amenities, open spaces
•   Wheelchair accessible bus stops,-priortised on the basis of where wheelchair
    accessible buses are in service or are being phased in.
•   Improve local road conditions where they may be an impediment to the use of low
    floor buses, in line with the Department of Transport‟s sectoral plan.
•   Car parking for disabled users .
•   Representation from individual or road users groups to have a particular route made
    barrier free,
•   Review of the need for new or improved footpaths
•   Access to graveyards, this is a quality of life/well-being issue, a daily routine issue for
    a lot of elderly people who visit loved ones in grave yards. It is not feasible to make
    all –Fingal graveyards accessible, the larger and most used will be identified and
    audited.
•   Upgrade streetscapes in pedestrian zones by dispensing with footpaths
•   Disabled Persons Grants (DPGs)
•   The local authority‟s budgetary position
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                                          Experience
                 Not Thinking-Audit Examples
                         Town Centre
         Tactile on control units covered by cigarette unit




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                                 Experience
Brief for Carrying out Accessibility Audits
To identify potential hazards as they could affect
road users (Circulation Routes)
•   Does the layout create confusion or ambiguity for road users that could lead to
    potential road traffic accidents?
•   Is there too much, or too little information for road users?
•   Is there too little, or too much visibility, or an obstruction to road users‟ view?
•   Does the layout create hazards or obstacles to road users that could contribute
    to an increased risk of injuries?
•   Is there adequate information for road users of the layout and conditions ahead;
•   Is there adequate warning of hazards or unusual layouts ahead;
•   Is there positive control of road users‟ passage through conflict points or
    unusual sections;
•   Does the road performance “forgive” road users‟ errors or inappropriate
    behavior.
•   The needs of the vulnerable road users as well as mechanically controlled
    vehicles are also be considered.
      – Pedestrians – the old, young and those with mobility or sight impairment;
      – Cyclists – children, commuters and leisure users;
      – Equestrians;
      – Motorcyclists.

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                                       Experience
               Circulation Route Mobility Audit




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                                Experience
        Executive Summary Mobility Audit Malahide




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    Scheme of Priorities for Access Audits
•   Priority 1 – Short Timescale Implementation – This will involve the immediate Health and
    Safety issue or severe barrier/hazard to access. This category may contain reasonable
    adjustments which overcome physical barriers to access. Physical alterations to service
    properties which fall under Section 26 & 27 of the Disability Act 2005. This priority is used where
    elements make the provision of service impossible or unreasonably difficult. Issues requiring
    auxiliary aids are also categorised as high.
    FCC Total Priority 1- €1,511,670
•   Priority 2 – Medium Timescale Implementation – Preferable work to be programmed within the
    next few years. (this relates to the Disability Act to provide “practicable and appropriate
    adjustments” to the physical features of premises to overcome physical barriers to access for
    disabled people).
    Changes to meet „Best Practice‟ Guidelines, which if not undertaken may result in action under
    the Disability Act 2005. This relates to items which do not prevent disabled access to services but
    which can be adapted to increase or enhance accessibility.
    FCC Total Priority 2 - €1,968,550
•   Priority 3 – Long Timescale – Refurbishment Work/Minor Works – These are items that would
    not be reasonable to implement as a high priority and should be undertaken during the next
    refurbishment of the area. This will allow for additional costs to be minimal as they should be
    used in conjunction with works required to be carried out in that specific area.
    FCC Total Priority 3 - €438,650
•   Priority 4 – Ongoing Maintenance/Management – This relates to items which do not prevent
    disabled access to services but which can be adapted to increase or enhance accessibility
    through ongoing maintenance regimes or through management initiatives/changes.
    FCC Total Priority 4 - €380,100, Minor Works Ongoing Maintenance/Management) works will
    be addressed in the annual works programme




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                                            Experience
                  Not Thinking-Audit Examples
                          Town Centre




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                                 Experience
                  Not Thinking-Audit Examples
                          Town Centre




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                                 Experience
                      Policy Document, check
•   Waste management policy-bins on paths
•   Parking bye-laws
•   Skip bye-laws
•   Scaffolding permits
•   S254 Planning Act, advertising signs & tables
•   TIC Policy-Condition with regard to road user/mobility
    audits in all planning granted for housing
•   Wayleaves/road crossings
•   Mobility Audit of all traffic management plans
•   Procurement Policy
•   Bridge Management-rubbing strips!
•   Heritage Plan-accessible sites-incorporate NDA Code-
    pre-visit information in accessible formats
•   Corporate Plan
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                                   Experience
                      Waste management policy
                           -bins on paths




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                                    Experience
     Not Thinking-Permits include condition?
      Scaffolding Permits! Building Control?




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                              Experience
“TIC Policy” Transportation, Specification And Completion Standards for Road
and hard surface construction and completion standards and public lighting
requirements-TIC Policy
•      Road and footpath construction shall address and include for the
       needs of vulnerable and disabled road users. There shall be no
       steps in footpath construction. The Design and construction shall
       satisfy the requirements set out in the “Traffic Management
       Guidelines” Department of Environment, Department of Transport
       & DTO. (Available from Government Publications Sale Office, Sun
       Alliance House, Molesworth Street, Dublin 2 – Tel: 01 – 6613111
•      A Post-Construction Road User Audit, (i.e. audit taking into
       consideration Road Safety and Accessibility of Vulnerable and
       Disabled Road Users) shall be submitted as part of the taking in
       charge process. This audit shall be carried out by a competent
       independent person who holds professional indemnity insurance
       up to £500,000 for the purpose of signing such forms in
       accordance with Fingal County Councils „Access Audit Brief”. The
       purpose of the audit is to ensure that the scheme is designed in
       accordance with the council‟s policy for walking, cycling and
       mobility/sensory impaired road users along with private and public
       transport road users.

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                                   Experience
             Way leaves/Road opening
               Licenses/Wayleaves




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                              Experience
Balbriggan Urban Renewal-good practice
Steering Group-client, consultant, contractor, traders,
groups, disability groups-meet min. monthly
Design Drawings independently access audited
All revised drawings independently access audited




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                              Experience
                Lifetime Adaptable Housing-Duplex
                         A real life situation
• A person in “a Development” wants to put
  in a chair lift and the management
  company won‟t let her; could you get
  someone to look at this?
• FCC Implementation Plan Issue
• Work group for SPC
• Planning Issues


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                                 Experience
    Access Promoting Awareness in Schools
         Young Scientist Project 2008




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                              Experience
                ACCESS FOR ALL IMPLEMENTATION GROUP

MEETING AGENDA
• Meeting to be held on: Thursday 01st May 2008, The Managers Meeting
   Room, County Hall, Swords, 2.30pm
___________________________________________________
• 1.0 Confirmation and Re-affirmation of Minutes.
• 1.1 Minutes of Meeting of Thursday 14th February 2008
• 2.0 Funding
• 2.1 Works Programme 2008
• 3.0 O2 Awards
• 4.0 Mystery Shopper
• 5.0 Action 8 – Disability Awareness
• 6.0 Training
• 7.0 Any other business
• 8.0 Next Meeting
__________________________
Meetings min 10 per annum,
Important to keep interest, momentum and feedback
Chairman of group- Director of Services, Transportation
Important for top management to support & attend meetings
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                                  Experience
Pilot Projects for 2008
Complete 3 per year, develop good practice
     1. Circulation Project to connect Parks, Playing
        Pitches, Promenade/Sea Front & Residential Areas-
        Phase 2
     2. Diving Area-make the sea accessible-Phase 2
     3. Signage Circulation Project -Phase 2
     4. Corporate Signage project for FCC- Phase 1
     5. Circulation Project, school for disabled adults
     6. Junction Project-highly trafficked junction in urban
        area
     7. Rural Circulation Project- Hospital to School


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                              Experience
Pilot Project 2007-8, Red Island, Skerries Diving
Area an exercise in Part M

• There are currently two open water swimming
  areas on either side of the Red Island Peninsula.
• Wheelchair Access was not possible due to
  stepped approached to both points.
• Providing level access to the viewing platforms &
  the water.
• Health & Safety risk, costs and usage by
  wheelchair users needed to be assessed.
• Level access was recommended to the viewing
  level from the car parking level at the
  springboards facility

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                              Experience
    Pilot Project Springboards Approach Skerries Diving
                  Area- an exercise in Part M




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                              Experience
 Approach Checklist, to a service
• Accessible parking from the designated
  parking to the diving area
• Accessible bicycle racks
• Rest areas
• Path user friendly for people with sensory
  impairments
• Steps and other hazards and obstacles
  highlighted by colour contrast and tactile
  surfaces-slippery surfaces
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                              Experience
                      Entrance Checklist
• Are there steps at the entrance?
• Are there handrails to both sides?
• Is there a ramp?
• Is the entrance gate/opening user-friendly to
  everyone i.e. audible, tactile, and visible
• What is the clear opening width?
• Is the threshold level adequate
• Are steps and other hazards and obstacles
  highlighted by colour contrast and tactile
  surfaces-slippery surfaces
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                                  Experience
    Reception/Platform Skerries Diving Area




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                              Experience
                          O2 Ability Awards
                          service indicator!
• Fingal County Council Achievements 2006
  O2 Ability Awards 2007, Fingal County Council were
  nominated for two awards, www.fingalcoco.ie
  Category 01: Environment Accessibility
  Category 06: Leadership

• Fingal County Council Achievements 2007
  O2 Ability Awards 2007, Fingal County Council were
  nominated for Four awards,
           •   Category 01: Environment Accessibility
           •   Category 03: Retention and Well Being-(school wardens)
           •   Category 04: Customer Service
           •   Category 06: Leadership


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                                      Experience
                           Next Steps
•   Implementation Plan- implement
•   Continue training programme
•   Continue Access Audits on roads/circulation routes
•   Access audit Graveyards
•   Access audit Beaches
•   Audit, Map, upgrade Disabled Parking Bays & put on Fingal
    Website
•   NB, Continue with rectifying maintenance issues for people with
    disabilities who require alterations to their immediate environment to
    facilitate them in everyday life, i.e. walk the route initiative
•   Pilot projects for 2008, 3 per year, develop good practice
•   Develop a set of best practice docs, specs & dwgs
•   Prepare Procurement Policy for Fingal
•   Partnership Programme-3rd Level work experience placement for
    disabled students
•   Mystery Shopper experience
•   Civic Buildings, Heritage Sites etc location details web/Pre-visit
    information

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                                  Experience
                        Seneca
• “It‟s not because things are difficult that we
  do not dare, it‟s because we do not dare
  that things are difficult”. Seneca, ancient
  Greek Philosopher.




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