Protesters Angered Over Pool Access Delays
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
June 1, 2005
PLYMOUTH, ENGLAND--A group of disability rights advocates protested Saturday at the season opening of the Tinside outdoor swimming pool.
The popular seaside pool, built in the 1930s, was closed by the city council because of disrepair in 1995. It reopened in 2003 after extensive renovations, according to the BBC.
Even though the city claims the pool now complies with the 1995 Disability Discrimination Act, the protesters argue that it is not accessible to swimmers that use wheelchairs. For example, two years after the renovations, they still have to use a temporary ramp to get to the pool.
Officials say plans are underway to install a wheelchair lift next summer.
Some say that should have been in the original reconstruction design.
"The council made no attempt to include people with disabilities when they were working on the pool," said protester Bruce Abbot. "They may have had some initial plans to improve access, but they have done nothing since it reopened in 2003."