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26 Sep 2017
Dundee Stronger Together

Dozens of people with learning disabilities carried the commonwealth baton in different parts of Scotland as the whole country joined in the build up.  David Tawse—Chair of LDAS carrying the Queen’s Baton in Melrose

But what will happen after the Commonwealth Games for other people with learning disabilities.  We know some people with profound disabilities will be moving to stay in the Commonwealth Village.  The new housing will be adapted to have the right equipment and layout to support some of our most vulnerable citizens.  

But a long running sore in Glasgow concerning the Accord Centre still remains to be sorted.  Despite an energetic campaign, the centre was demolished to build a car and coach park for the 4 week period of the games.  

People who used the Accord moved temporarily to a local community centre and were promised that space would be created in the new Aquatic Centre after the games were finished.  

The Scottish Government said they would put up £150,000 to make this happen.   But now Glasgow City Council say they only agreed to provide enhanced disabled access to Tollcross, which they say has been achieved with the installation of changing facilities, height adjustable benches and electric hoists.   

 

Campaigners are furious that their needs would not be met.  They say that facilities are in no way comparable to the Accord, and that Tollcross will be under-utilised after the Games unless more disability facilities are installed.

Family carer, Grace Harrigan said on behalf of the campaign  “We need a dedicated area in the building.  We’ve asked for a training kitchen, an art room, a sensory room, a  chill-out space. I really don’t understand why Glasgow City won’t give us just a corner of Tollcross.”

Another carer, Helen McCourt added, “To add insult to injury, the council want  us to pay another £12 per day just to get into the building.”