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Silsden Town Hall ‘Safety’ claims are rubbished
12:50pm Friday 25th October 2013 in News
A leading Bradford councillor has hit back at claims that disability improvements to Silsden Town Hall are inadequate.
Environment boss Andrew Thornton insists safety is at the forefront of the ongoing £300,000 refurbishment of the public building.
He said: “Public safety is of paramount concern in the refurbishment and operation of the town hall. To suggest otherwise is disingenuous scaremongering.”
Coun Thornton spoke out after complaints from Silsden town councillors – including a man whose wife uses an electric wheelchair – about the improvements.
The Keighley News previously reported Coun Michael O’Dwyer’s claims the downstairs disabled toilet would not be big enough.
He accused Bradford Council of not having enough dedicated spaces for disabled people in the upstairs hall, and of “totally ignoring” public safety.
But Coun Thornton added: “The town hall will be more accessible to the people of Silsden than it has ever been, and will have significantly enhanced safety systems.
“The building was previously inaccessible to wheelchair users, and when complete, will be accessible with a lift and a fully compliant toilet upstairs. The toilet being installed downstairs, although not fully compliant due to the limited space available, does contain many features that make it accessible for a lot of our disabled users.”