Street design and maintenance, and the Equality Act - 29th January 2016

The 2010 Equality Act and associated Public Sector Equality Duties have introduced important legal obligations for public authorities, continuing for those under the previous Disability Discrimination Acts.   What are the implications for how we design, maintain and manage streets to make them better places, accessible to everyone?  As transport practitioners, what are the requirements under the Equality Act and how should we comply with them in an effective and proportionate way?  How do we work with disabled people and user groups to achieve the best solutions?   This training event, organised by Edinburgh Napier University, began with an overview of the legal framework within which designers and public roads authorities must operate.  Through a series of case studies and updates on the latest available guidance, delegates learnt about some of the techniques currently being applied, including insights and advice from disabled users.    Speakers at the event included:   •               Lynn Welsh – Head of Legal, Equality and Human Rights Commission •               Graeme McQuaker – Head of Standards Branch, Trunk Roads and Bus Operations Division, Transport Scotland •               Jon Harris – Managing Director, Harris Ethical Ltd. •               Dennis Wilson, Edinburgh Access Panel This proved a popular and successful event and we are looking to hold another one in the future.  If you would be interested in attending a future event, please contact us on 0131 455 2951 or at the following address: equalityactseminar@napier.ac.uk