Accessibility Audits

Accessibility audits of the streets network in our main CBDs were done in 2014 and help us with planning future works.

The audits look at how we can make our physical environments more accessible, especially for disabled people and the elderly. The audits were conducted by CCS Disability Action, a partner in our collaborative Disability Strategy, and Steve Taylor of Taylored Accessibility Solutions.

The audit process started in 2013 with Thames as a pilot project. We were able to undertake a further five audits in 2014 in Coromandel Town, Whitianga, Tairua, Pauanui and Whangamata thanks to the Government's Social Development's Making a Difference Fund. 

Public meetings were held in each area to help identify issues people face getting around, and this was followed up with on-the-ground assessments. The audit reports discuss accessibility issues that have been identified and make recommendations for how they could be addressed.  The recommendations are broken down into three sections: serious safety risks, significant concerns and minor concerns. 

While the Council is under no obligation to carry out the recommended work, the reports help inform current and future work programmes to help improve accessibility in our main centres.