Liam Proudlock on July 15, 2015

How to choose an Inclusive Design and Access Consultant – a checklist

Here are some questions to ask yourself when selecting an access consultant: Is your consultant on the National Register of Access Consultants (NRAC)? The NRAC comprises appropriately qualified and experienced access consultants and auditors who have demonstrated their expertise in access matters to the satisfaction of the NRAC Admissions Panel. All members adhere to...
Liam Proudlock on November 14, 2014

Wheelchair or pushchair, who should take priority?

This week I’ve been at the Royal Courts of Justice in London observing a case where three appeal court judges are being asked to confirm whether disabled passengers have priority access to wheelchair spaces on buses. The First Bus Group are appealing an earlier decision in the Leeds County Court...
Liam Proudlock on August 15, 2014

Forum seeks volunteers for vital access role in £4 billion regeneration project

A new forum is looking for six disabled people to play a vital role in ensuring that one of the capital’s largest regeneration schemes is accessible to disabled people. The £4 billion Brent Cross Cricklewood scheme will create a new town centre across a 350-acre site around Brent Cross Shopping...
Liam Proudlock on August 13, 2014

Brent Cross Cricklewood Appoints Tracey Proudlock, Inclusion Champion

  I am delighted to have been appointed to lead the Brent Cross Cricklewood Consultative Access Forum (CAF). I am now looking for disabled people in Barnet, north London to join the CAF and help ensure this development is a world leader for disability and inclusive design. If you or someone...
Liam Proudlock on April 7, 2014

Government secretly slashes funding for rail access improvements

The government has quietly slashed spending on a programme to improve access to rail stations by nearly 30 per cent, Disability News Service (DNS) can reveal. Network Rail this week published its new £38 billion plan for “delivering a better railway for a better Britain” over the next five years,...
Liam Proudlock on March 24, 2014

Government ducks challenge on accessible housing

The government has ignored calls to introduce tough new accessible housing standards. The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) announced its plans this week for a “radically simplified” system of standards in the design and construction of new homes. The aim is to reform England’s current jumble of building...
Liam Proudlock on March 16, 2014

Housing Standards Review – Responses

  Last year the government launched a consultation on proposed changes to the Housing Standards. A written  Ministerial Statement has been published setting out the outcome of that Review. In summary minimum access standards in Part M (Access to and use of buildings) will be retained. In addition, an optional level...
Liam Proudlock on March 14, 2014

Disabled air passengers left with no protection from discrimination

  Disabled air passengers have been left with no protection from in-flight discrimination across Europe, thanks to a ruling from the UK’s Supreme Court.  The court ruled that international rules on air travel – the Montreal Convention – take precedence during flights over UK and European Union regulations on accessibility...