Accessible Cities

An Accessible North East

3 December 2021

Thank you to those who took part in our ‘Our City, Our Say’ discussions. The impetus for these discussions was Newcastle Councils ‘Newcastle 2030’ plans for transforming the city. We wanted to find out what would make our cities easier to access.

We want to make sure that disabled voices are heard in any decisions that affect us. We spoke to people with varying access and support needs. We asked what people like and/or need to do in the city, and what stops them doing it.

A photograph of two people walking down a street in a busy city, holding up a colourful banner which reads, 'Disabled people fight back. Equality. Nothing about us without us'.

Here are the key topics that came up:

  • Training
  • Parking and Blue Badges, Public Transport, and Metro Stations
  • Digital and Technology
  • Local Businesses Incentives and Employment
  • Policy, Attitudinal Change, and Intersections of Discrimination
  • Support, Assistance and Safety
  • Built Environment: Lifts, Level Access, Opportunities for Alterations
  • Communication: Disabled People in Decision Making, and Accessible Information Formats
  • Barriers

We have sent our response to the City Transformation plans to Newcastle City Council. You can read it here Letter to City Council Accessible Cities 2021