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how many people will use the disabled facility? is it possible to put a disabled access in the new building? can we have the full background details please?
There is no absolute duty to provide disabled access. So it is not illegal to move from a property with disabled access to one without.
The club however is under a duty not to breach the Disability Discrimination Act which requires employers in any building which is open to the public, to make reasonable changes.
In our old office, the front and rear of the building was listed and therefore we were not allowed to put disabled access in for wheelchairs.
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Thanks for the answer. The proposed new venue will not actually be owned by us. We will just pay a fee to use it. There is a lift to the floor we are using but it is not in working order and will take £20000.00 or so to fix. The owner of the building is trying to raise cash to fix it but this may or may not happen.. Membership of the Centre is about 130 although not all would use it. A few members of the public use it too. My concern is if a disabled member came to use the centre and could not get in could he take us to court? The rooms in question are presently used by a dance troup and have been for some years.
There is one disabled member who uses a wheelchair. It is possible I suppose to go to a more disabled friendly facility such as a school but the hire rate is far more and we would only have use of it for half the time we would at the proposed new venue. I am not sure we could afford to pay any more than the price agreed with the new venue.
Thanks very much for your answers. Very helpful.