Access all areas in venue test

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VENUES are being put to the test as they are reviewed for their accessibility to disabled visitors.

Durham County Council have teamed up with DisabledGo to produce a guide which will list 1,000 places across the area.

They will be added to the information it has compiled on more than 100,000 buildings across the UK, including shops, banks, restaurants, council buildings, public transport and tourist attractions.

Each of the County Durham venues will be surveyed in person by trained surveyors and disabled people who live nearby and have been employed by DisabledGo specifically for the research.

Work on the guide began earlier this month and the surveyors will be in the region until early October.

The guide is due to launch in November.

It will enable people to find out whether venues have adapted toilets or parking close by, plus specific details such as whether there are tactile or Braille markings in lifts or on doors, the dimensions of toilets, the positioning of fixtures and fittings and whether they can request information in large print or Braille.

Anyone who would like more information on the guide can contact Dean Eales, partnership administrator with DisabledGo on 01438 842 710.