Kent County Council Access Review Toolkit

Our collaboration with Kent County Council focused on improving access to green space in urban, peri-urban and rural areas. Through consultation with local community groups, access audits of selected greenspaces and testing evaluation toolks, we developed a bestpoke Access Audit Toolkit.

Aims of the toolkit

The primary aim was to equip Kent County Council with the skills and tools required to undertake its own site audits. Instead of carrying out individual audits, we build a bespoke toolkit and provide training so the techniques and expertise are bedded in the organisation. We have worked in a similar way with the National Trust, Forestry Commission and Sheffield City Council.

This involved the development of an evaluation and decision making tool covering best practice guidelines for the selection of final routes, and this provided the basis of further review work.

Whilst providing a flexible generic tool the work addressed issues specific to the Kent sites, including those environment types and issues which were likely to present themselves in later audit and inclusive route studies.

These were strategically addressed and available for KCC staff to apply to their work in each detailed case study. The tool addressed the issues of wider sensory opportunity in the design and interpretation of routes and in the awareness of the issues. In so doing it addressed the inherent challenges present for those potential users with a sensory, physical or intellectual disability.

The work resulted in a Kent version of the toolbox, disseminated throughout the county.

Interested in an access audit or access review toolkit?

Sensory Trust undertakes access audits and develops review toolkits for heritage and contemporary venues. Read more about our access audit consultancy >>

Links

Making Connections: a guide to accessible greenspace - a guide to improving access to greenspace

Access Chain - a tool for reviewing access from the visitor's perspective

Outdoor access design factsheets - free guidance

Access statements - samples for you to use

What is inclusive design? How an inclusive approach makes places better for everyone.

Accessible information design - why it matters and who it benefits