East Yorkshire access expert in demand in Gibraltar

Published: Friday 8th January 2016 by Rich Sutherland

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An expert from East Yorkshire is helping the Government of a Mediterranean tourism hotspot welcome more disabled visitors to attractions ranging from caves to cable cars.

Ian Streets, Managing Director of About Access Ltd, has just returned from a week of presenting accessibility seminars and training sessions in Gibraltar, the British Overseas Territory which sits at Spain’s southern tip.

He is now planning a repeat visit in the New Year to guide officials and business leaders on making sure facilities for disabled people keep pace with The Rock’s increasing investment in tourism.

Ian, who founded About Access in Anlaby in 2006, works on projects throughout the UK in a wide range of business sectors including retail, leisure, offices and transport facilities. He has completed assignments at historic sites operated by English Heritage, he is retained as a consultant to the O2 Arena in London and he is an adviser to the Hull Access Improvement Group (HAIG).

He is also a member of the board of the National Register of Access Consultants (NRAC) and his expertise stood out when the Gibraltar Government began looking for an advisor. Ian paid an initial visit in 2014 and made a number of recommendations including appointing an access officer and adopting an approved code of practice to cover legislation, the built environment and the needs of disabled people.

His latest visit to the community of 30,000 people included presenting two training sessions at the New Gibraltar University and delivering the keynote speech at a “Making Your Business Accessible” seminar organised by the Gibraltar Government’s Department of Equality and attended by members of the Gibraltar Chamber of Commerce and the Gibraltar Small Business Federation.

Ian said: “Gibraltar is rightly proud of its wide variety of attractions and venues and the Government has made a conscious effort to make those experiences available to all visitors to Gibraltar, including disabled travellers and people with accessibility needs.

“I am helping them with the regulations which will support the improvement of accessibility and I am also speaking to the operators of various tourism facilities including the major hotels, the famous caves and the cable car service.

“One of the most important aspects of this is that by making itself more accessible a business will attract more customers and generate more trade. If a disabled person cannot use the facilities or service in a particular shop then they will stay away, and their family and friends will almost certainly do the same.”

John Reyes, Director of Equality for the Government of Gibraltar, said: “HM Government of Gibraltar is fully committed to equality and the principle of inclusion.  As part of its awareness action plan, the Department of Equality organised an awareness seminar on access to buildings and training workshops on access audit training which were excellently delivered by Ian Streets of About Access Ltd.

“This has provided key personnel in both the public and private sector in Gibraltar with an understanding on how to identify and resolve barriers to access, which may create difficulties for disabled people.”

Published: Friday 8th January 2016 by Rich Sutherland

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