Sheffield City Council Access Review Toolkit

Weston Park, an urban park in SheffieldInclusive Action Group meeting in Sheffield parks

Under the leadership of Martin Page, Sheffield City Council's Parks, Woodlands and Countryside service was responsible for a series of groundbreaking initiatives in their urban spaces. Projects across the city built closer connections between communities and their local places, harnessed health and wellbeing benefits for disadvantaged communities and regenerated derelict land into vibrant, inclusive green spaces.

Sheffield City Council also provided our first opportunity to address greenspace accessiblity at the scale of the whole city, not just in relation to specific sites. We worked together to develop an audit toolkit to help improve access across their 700 sites. The audit tool was designed to enable the Rangers to identify and record barriers to accessing sites at all the different stages of a visitor experience. It recorded information, giving all sites a set of scores relating to:

  1. accessibility of a site,
  2. ease of barrier removal, and
  3. who faces the most barriers when trying to access a particular site.

The numerical data provides comparisons between sites so managers could prioritise sites for barrier removal. The outcome of the project was to produce a tool and method that could be adopted by any Local Authority to ingrain a process of access awareness and improvement into the day-to-day workload.

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