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Businesses urged to ensure facilities are accessible

Businesses urged to ensure facilities are accessible

Published at 8:00am 11th March 2017. (Updated at 11:20am 11th March 2017)

A Harrogate charity is asking the business and leisure sectors if their facilities are accessible to disabled people.

The call from Disability Action Yorkshire, which is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, coincides with Disabled Access Day.

It's an award-winning campaign sponsored by Euan’s Guide, the disabled access review website and app where people can share, review and discover accessible places online.

One sports club which has recently made itself more accessible and welcoming to disabled people is Harrogate Town.

Last year, the club invited Disability Action Yorkshire customers to test its new facilities and to then make recommendations to help further improve the environment for disabled people.

Jackie Snape, Chief Executive of Disability Action Yorkshire, said: "Whilst it’s great to celebrate Disabled Access Day and to actively promote those places that have gone out of their way to become accessible, there are plenty that do not.

"Accessibility has come a long way over the last decade, but there is still more that can be done. Many of these changes can be done at little or no cost to a business, and by making themselves accessible to disabled people, they may well see an increase in customers and trade.

"Harrogate Town FC and Spa Tennis Club are actively promoting inclusivity, and it would be superb to see others follow their lead.

"We are currently conducting audits with a number of businesses and organisations who want to achieve this, and we would love to hear from others who want to become accessible to all."