Lights up for all
In order to make the town’s Christmas lights switch on as inclusive as possible, Aylesbury Vale District Council is working with Buckinghamshire Disability Service to provide additional support for those in need.
The event on Thursday 21 November at 5.30pm, held in the Market Square, makes organising the event particularly ‘challenging’, says the council.
The closest disabled car parking is at Exchange Street. This car park offers 27 dedicated disabled spaces, as well as allowing Blue Badge holders to benefit from free parking in all spaces.
There are also a number of other town centre car parks that offer free disabled spaces. These can be found at: www.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk/section/car-parks
To help make the event as enjoyable as possible for all, stewards from the disability service will be managing a viewing area for guests in wheelchairs or those unable to stand for extended periods. Priority will be given to people with the highest needs. There is a hearing loop covering the disabled viewing area.
The disability service will also be providing a quiet sensory room. Guests wishing to use this should see a steward beneath the arches at the bottom of Market Square (behind the stage), from where they will be escorted to the quiet area.
BuDS stewards will be wearing official badges. There will also be a quieter informal viewing area under the arches for anyone who wants to enjoy the event without being in the main crowd.
The nearest disabled toilets will be in the BuDS office at the Judges Lodgings on Walton Street. These are not public facilities, but stewards will be on hand to provide access on the night for disabled guests only.
Other disabled toilets nearby are in Friars Square Shopping Centre, but to use these requires a free Radar scheme key – available in advance from the shopping centre. Public disabled toilets are also located at Anchor Lane car park, Vale Park car park and Upper Hundreds car park.
More information on the event can be found at: www.visitaylesbury.co.uk/whats-on