York Human Rights City Network Statement on Access to York City Centre July 2021
Statement on the issue of Access to York City Centre for People with Disabilities, particularly Blue Badge Holders.
York Human Rights City Network (YHRCN) is a civil society partnership hosted jointly by York CVS (Centre for Voluntary Service) and the Centre for Applied Human Rights (CAHR) at the University of York. The network was formed in 2011, and has grown organically over the intervening years. Our aim is to be a catalyst for York people, business and organisations to champion a vibrant, diverse, fair and safe city. We work closely with representatives of the public sector in York, most notably CYC, York NHS Teaching Hospital Foundation, Tees Esk and Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust, North Yorkshire Police and Explore York.
At a meeting of the York Human Rights City Network on the afternoon of 15 July 2021, it was agreed to release a statement on the issue of Access to York City Centre for People with Disabilities, particularly Blue Badge Holders. The Statement is attached.
It is important to note that this was agreed prior to the Council Meeting which took place later that evening. Our considerations were based solely on Human Rights principles. It is a matter of great regret to the Network that the Council Members later that evening supported a resolution that in our view fails to take into account its Human Rights obligations.
The York Human Rights Network is prepared to use its good offices with all parties to collectively assess the Footstreet Scheme and to consider how to balance the rights of York’s disabled citizens with other considerations.
Contacts: Stephen Pittam Chair York Human Rights City Network 07740 626 556