Inverclyde Council on Disability & Inverclyde Shopmobility

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LinkAbility Newsletter July 2011

Tall Ships Edition

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Tall Ships Information


News and Features


ICOD Raises Concerns over Disabled parking provision at Tall Ships Event

Despite lengthy discussions and providing advice to Sail Inverclyde since February, ICOD still have concerns about the disabled parking facilities being provided for blue badge holders near the event site.

Whilst 150 spaces are being provided at pottery street, only approximately 20 spaces will be on a tar mac surface. The remaining 130 spaces are on a stone chipping surface, which may not be suitable or safe for disabled people to negotiate.

Johanna Stewart, vice chairperson of ICOD said:
“This stone-chipped surface may prove a great difficulty for disabled people and their carers to use. Wheelchair users and people with other mobility impairments could find it very difficult or impossible to push or walk over, and may risk falling or damaging their mobility equipment. Over 8,000 spaces are being provided at the park and ride facilities at IBM (Greenock) and at Bishopton, it is really disappointing that only 20 spaces for disabled visitors will be provided on a suitable surface near the event.”

Elizabeth Grant, Company Secretary with ICOD said:
“We have been discussing access issues with Sail Inverclyde over the past 4 months, and we are extremely disappointed that they are unable to provide better parking facilities for disabled visitors. We are concerned that many disabled people will be let-down and angry, after paying the £10 fee for their parking, to find that the car park surface is unsuitable for their needs. The last thing we want is local disabled people, their family and carers, or those from further afield, leaving with a negative experience of the event, and Inverclyde in general.”

ICOD would advise anyone booking the disabled parking to bear this information in mind when making their travel choices, and on arrival let the event staff know if you require parking on the tar mac surface.

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Scooter Provision at Tall Ships Event

We will be providing mobility equipment for use at the Tall Ships event.

Saturday 9th July, 12pm – 6pm
Sunday 10th July, 12pm – 6pm
Monday 11th July, 12pm – 6pm

Our scooter stall will be located near the Clyde View Business Centre (and designated disabled parking), accessed at the southern end of Pottery Street (PA15 2UH), adjacent to the new Clyde View Business Centre.

We will be providing electric scooters and power chairs, manual wheelchairs and walkers/rollators.

How much?
A hire fee of £5 will be charged to all equipment users, including existing members if using equipment from the event stall.

All users (including existing members) will be required to complete a registration form, and also bring 2 forms of identification, this should be:
ID with a photograph or signature (e.g. bank card, blue badge, driving licence)
ID with current address (e.g. utility bill, driving licence).

We will be making some equipment available for pre-booking. This can be done by contacting Shopmobility on 01475 732600, email: or textphone/minicom (for Deaf and Hard of Hearing service users) 01475 732995

To check if equipment is available each day, call the Shopmobility stand on: 07760 461146 or 07826 222489

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Event Programme in Braille

ICOD, in conjunction with Inverclyde Libraries, are providing copies of the event programme in Braille. Copies are available on request from the ICOD Offices by telephoning 01475 732700, email:
A limited number of Braille programmes will also be available from our Scooter Stall at Pottery Street, PA15 2UH, adjacent to the new Clyde View Business Centre on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.


Parade of Sail - Tuesday 12th July

The main event on Tuesday will be the Parade of Sail and fly-past by the Red Arrows at Greenock Esplanade. Why not book a scooter from the ICOD offices at 10 Clyde Square and pop down to the Esplanade to enjoy the event. Scooters will be available from 10am, we recommend booking to avoid disappointment!


Parking Provision for Blue Badge Holders

Parking available for blue badge holders near the event site (Pottery Street (South) side i.e. next to Clyde View Business Centre, PA15 2UH.

The charge for this is £10 per day and can be booked online at: (Link opens in new window)

Your Blue Badge Serial number is required to gain access to the car park. Please note that the Blue Badge Holder MUST be in the car when it is being parked.

ICOD have prepared the following access statement for Sail Inverclyde regarding the parking surfaces, and you should consider this before booking:

“Sail Inverclyde is providing 150 parking spaces for blue badge holders adjacent to the event site. Approximately 20 of these are on a tarmac surface, however the remaining 150 spaces are on a rolled stone-chipped surface. The stone-chipped surface may not be suitable for some disabled people. Where possible we will allocate spaces on the tarmac surface according to visitor requirements, however dependent on demand this may not always be possible.”

Alternatively there is a park and ride facility at IBM on the Inverkip Road (A78) (Cost £15) with regular shuttle buses from the site. The majority of the shuttle buses from the park-and-ride will be accessible with space for wheelchair users. You can book the park and ride facility at the same web address provided above.


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Surfaces around the event site

The event site is also a working dock area, and Sail Inverclyde have been working to improve surfaces where possible, however some areas may be cobbled or have a loose surface. Those with mobility impairments or wheelchair/scooter users should take particular care when negotiating such areas.

Event Seating

There will be benches provided around the site for people to stop and have a rest. Alternatively you can hire one of our Rollators/Walkers (see page 2) which have a built in seat for when you need a breather!

Event Toilets

Port-a-loo facilities will be provided across the site, with some of these being accessible units.

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Getting to the Event from Greenock Town Centre

Members of our Access & Awareness group have been out on their scooters to check access from Greenock Town Centre to the event site, and recommend the following route for scooter and wheelchair users:

- From the town centre, go along Cathcart Street and proceed to the Traffic Lights adjacent to Morrisons or the traffic junction at Morrisons Petrol Station

-Cross safely at either sets of traffic lights to the “river side” of the dual carriageway.

- Keep on the “river side” of the dual carriageway, past T Mobile (roundabout here) and the RBS Mortgage Centre.

-Continue along to the second Roundabout (Misco & MacDonalds)

- From the roundabout here you can take the second exit at the roundabout past
the Premier Inn and Point Bar/Restaurant and follow the road along to the event entrance.

-Alternatively you can take the 3rd exit at the roundabout and follow the dual carriageway along to the Main Event entrance at the James Watt Dock.

Please make sure that you take particular care crossing road junctions, particularly where there are no traffic light pedestrian crossings, and at the roundabout junctions!

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Travelling by Rail and Bus

Additional train services will be running for the Tall Ships Event, more information can be found on the First Scotrail site here (link opens in new window)

Port Glasgow Station
There is level access to both Platforms at Port Glasgow Station. This is the designated accessible station for the Tall Ships event.

There is no “step-free” access at Bogston Station.

There is no “step-free” access at Cartsdyke Station.

Greenock Central
There is ramped/level access to both platforms at Greenock Central

(Station information from First Scotrail website)

To arrange assistance for your train journey call First Scotrail on 0800 912 2 901. Deaf or Hard of Hearing Visitors with Minicoms should preceed this number with 18001 using typetalk.

Buses - We understand that additional bus services will be operating during the event - bus timetables can be found at the McGills Buses website here (link opens in new window).


Shopmobility Opening Hours at Clyde Square

Our Shopmobility Service at 10 Clyde Square will be open as usual at the times below. We will however have a reduced range of equipment available on Saturday and Monday, so we recommend booking if possible.

Saturday 9th July 10am-4pm

Sunday 10th July Closed

Monday 11th July 10am - 4pm

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