Accessibility guides launched for Lichfield District

A picture celebrating the launch of accessibility guides for disabled people in Lichfield District at the Guildhall yesterday.
Celebrating the launch of accessibility guides for disabled people in Lichfield District at the Guildhall yesterday.

Detailed guides have been launched to provide disabled people and their carers with reliable information about the accessibility of venues across the Lichfield District.

Lichfield District Council is the first authority in Staffordshire to partner with AccessAble, an organisation specialising in developing the guides which aim to remove the stress and uncertainty that disabled people can face when planning a visit anywhere.

In the Guildroom in Lichfield’s Bore Street yesterday, representatives from the council and AccessAble welcomed disabled people and other interested members of the public to the launch.

Councillor Janice Silvester-Hall, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for High Streets and Visitor Economy hailed the guides which cover such facilities as public toilets, car parks, bus stations, local parks, outdoor spaces and venues including the Lichfield Garrick Theatre and Burntwood Leisure Centre.

AccessAble Chief Executive Anna Nelson then provided some background on the history of the organisation and explained that the guides feature facts, precise measurements and photographs so that disabled people can assess whether a place is accessible to them.

Councillor Silvester-Hall said:

“I’m very pleased that so many people came along to the launch event. 

“I’d also like to thank AccessAble for supporting us and explaining to everyone present the benefits of the accessibility guides which will make a huge difference to people’s lives.”

Lucy Wood, a Marketing Coordinator for AccessAble and a disabled person living in Lichfield District, said:

“I am delighted that Lichfield District Council has commissioned guides for the area.

“They give me independence and privacy, allowing me to participate in local activities without disclosing personal information to check if there are accessible toilets or adequate parking.

"This helps me to enjoy life, easing the hours of research and preparation that all disabled people face daily.

“I am proud that  my local council is now part of the AccessAble family.”

To find out more and access the Lichfield guides please visit

Published: 6 March 2024