Highways Accessibility Fund

 

The Equality Act 2010 introduced a new public sector general equality duty for local authorities to pay due regard to the need for the advancement of equality of opportunity. The act sets guidelines for public bodies to plan, deliver and evaluate actions to eliminate discrimination and promote equality.

Background

Milton Keynes has many locations where access controls have been installed, as a road safety measure, where a footway meets a carriageway.

However, many of these locations do not meet the guidance set out in the Equality Act, predominantly in areas constructed prior to 2010, meaning that wheelchair and mobility impaired users may be unable to navigate these footways.

A £25k fund has been identified to address these accessibility issues.

Access controls can include:

  • Bollards
  • Barriers
  • Chicanes
  • The absence of dropped kerbs

Reporting Issues

Where controls such as these are causing difficulty to users of the highway a request may be emailed to the Highways Department for the location to be assessed.

The email should include as much background information as possible, including:

  • The precise location
  • A description of the problems encountered
  • Photographs or plans iillustrating the issues.

Timescales

 An MKC Highways officer will assess each site where an issue has been reported, using a standard set of scoring criteria.

A priority list has been created, and the following programmes show all works to be completed in the 2019/20 and 2020/21 financial years.

Accessibility Fund 2019/20 Programme (PDF, 175KB)

Accessibility Fund 2020/21 Programme (PDF, 175KB)

Requests which are feasible but were not able to be included in the 2019/20 or 2020/21 programmes will be kept on file, pending any future funding being made available.

 

Last Updated: 1 August 2019