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Groomsport Town Centre to Groomsport Beach

Main Street, Groomsport, North Down, BT19 6JR

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Introduction

  • The following information describes the route from Groomsport Town Centre to Groomsport Beach.
  • The approximate distance of this route is 200 metres.
  • The route leads along Main Street, Harbour Road and Groomsport Beach Path.
  • The majority of paths along the route are tarmac.
  • The potential hazards on this route include; steep slopes and road crossings without pedestrian signals.
  • Parking in the Harbour Car Park can be used to overcome Harbour Road's steep slope.
  • There is an alternate path called The Gulf which leads down from the town centre, from Donaghadee Road to the beach.

Parking

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • Parking is free for all users.
    • The car park is located to the front left of the building.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
    • There is/are 3 Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the Blue Badge parking bay(s) are 560cm x 600cm (18ft 4in x 19ft 8in).
    • The nearest Blue Badge bay is 15m (16yd 1ft) from the accessible toilet.
    • The furthest Blue Badge bay is 23m (25yd 6in) from the accessible toilet.
    • The route from the car park to the entrance is accessible to a wheelchair user with assistance.
    • Assistance may be required because there is/are dropped kerbs.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • There is a dropped kerb between the car park and the venue.
    • The dropped kerb does not have tactile paving.
    • There is not a road to cross between the car park and the entrance.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
  • Drop-off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.

Groomsport Town Centre to Harbour Car Park

  • There is on street parking available on Main Street (unmarked).
  • Harbour Road is located off Main Street.
  • There is step free access along Main Street.
  • The surface of the path is tarmac.
  • There is tactile paving at the crossings.
  • Follow the Harbour Road path for approximately 105 metres.
  • There is a steep slope or 15+ steps to get from Harbour Road to the Harbour Car Park.
  • If the slope on Harbour Road is too steep, there are Blue Badge parking bays available in the Harbour Car Park.

Harbour Car Park to Groomsport Beach

  • From the car park there is step free access to Groomsport Beach.
  • Follow the path for approximately 100 metres until you reach the beach.
  • The surface of the path is stone paving and tarmac.
  • There are deep patches of sand in places along the path.
  • There is a very slight slope leading down from the path to the beach.
  • There is a small step/lip to access the sand, the height of the step/lip varies depending on the height of the sand.

The Gulf Path

  • The Gulf is a narrow, steep alley that runs from Donaghadee Road, opposite Springwell Drive, to the beach.
  • The Path is very steep, is 120cm wide with a tarmacked surface.
  • There is sand at the bottom of the path.
  • There is a ledge which runs along the right side of the slope as you are coming up from the beach, which could be used for seating.

Groomsport Beach Accessible Equipment

  • The Mae Murray foundation provide accessible equipment for Groomsport Beach, for more information about the types of equipment and booking please click here (opens in new tab)
  • The all terrain beach wheel chair is light weight and easy to manoeuvre across all ground surfaces.

Accessible Toilet (Left Hand Transfer)

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • There is Braille, tactile, pictorial, written text and ‘Not All Disabilities Are Visible’ signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 15m (16yd 1ft) from the Blue Badge parking spaces.
    • This accessible toilet is located to the right of the Blue Badge parking spaces.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is required for the accessible toilet.
    • The key is a radar key.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 90cm (2ft 11in).
    • The door may be difficult to open.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 200cm x 218cm (6ft 7in x 7ft 2in).
    • There is sufficient turning space in the cubicle for a wheelchair user.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.
    • The lateral transfer space on the left is 95cm.
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush, however it is not on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • There is an emergency alarm.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is fully functional.
    • Disposal facilities are not available in the cubicle.
    • There is a/are non-infectious waste disposal units.
    • There is a/are coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall mounted grab rails are not available for the toilet.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There is a mirror.
    • Mirrors are placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 47cm (1ft 7in).
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The hand dryer is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The toilet roll holder is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are moderate to good.
  • Comments View
    • There are grab rails either side of the sink.

Changing Places (Groomsport Harbour Public Conveniences)

  • Location and Access View
    • The facility is located within the Harbour Car Park.
    • The facility is approximately 5m (5yd 1ft) from the Blue Badge Bays.
    • The facility is in addition to standard and accessible toilets.
    • The facility is not located close to other managed facilities (e.g. reception or service counter).
    • There is level access to the facility.
    • The facility surveyed is for the sole use of disabled people.
    • The colour contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The colour contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • You do need a key for the facility.
    • The key is a radar key.
    • There is a sign at the entrance to the Changing Places facility indicating the location of the nearest toilets and baby changing facilities.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is easy to open.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The door has a horizontal grab rail.
    • The width of the door is 85cm (2ft 9in).
    • The dimensions of the facility are 355cm x 390cm.
    • The ceiling height is at a minimum of 2.4m.
    • There is a clear 200cm x 180cm manoeuvring space in the facility.
    • The facility has a non-slip floor.
    • The colour contrast between the walls and floor is good.
  • Toilet Details View
    • The facility toilet has a transfer space on both sides.
    • The transfer space on the right as you face the toilet is 230cm (7ft 7in).
    • The transfer space on the left as you face the toilet is 90cm (2ft 11in).
    • Dropdown rails are provided.
    • As you face the toilet the dropdown rail(s) is/are on both sides.
    • The colour contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.
    • There are no vertical grab rails for the toilet.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 50cm (1ft 8in).
    • There is a sensor flush.
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The height of the toilet roll holder is 90cm.
    • The toilet has a backrest.
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is good.
    • There is an emergency alarm for the toilet.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is within reach and fully functional.
  • Changing Bench and Hoist Details View
    • The facility changing bench is wall mounted.
    • The facility changing bench height is adjustable.
    • The length of the facility changing bench is 180cm (5ft 11in).
    • The facility hoist is powered overhead.
    • The overhead hoist covers all areas in the cubicle.
  • Shower Details View
    • There is a shower unit with a detachable shower head.
    • The shower head is height adjustable.
    • The adjustable shower head can be placed between 105cm and 185cm when mounted.
    • There is a flip-down/tip-up seat for the shower.
    • The height of the flip-down/tip-up or fixed seat is 45cm (1ft 6in).
    • Horizontal and/or dropdown rails are available on both sides of the shower seat.
    • The colour contrast between the shower rails and wall is good.
    • There is not a vertical grab rail for the shower.
  • Other Facilities View
    • A privacy screen is available.
    • The type of wash basin is fixed.
    • The height of the wash basin is 80cm.
    • The wash basin tap type is sensor.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • Wall mounted grab rails are available at the wash basin.
    • As you face the wash basin, the wall mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • The colour contrast between the wash basin grab rail(s) and wall is good.
    • There is a soap dispenser.
    • The soap dispenser is at the recommended height of 80cm-100cm.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 100cm.
    • Wide tear off paper roll is not available.
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer is at the recommended height of 80cm-100cm.
    • The height of the hand dryer is 83cm.
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • There is a mirror.
    • The mirror is placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • There is an emergency alarm for the facility.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is within reach and fully functional.
    • There is not a coat hook.
    • There is not a red flashing fire alarm beacon within the room.
    • The lighting levels are good.
  • Comments View
    • Users of this facility will need to provide/use their own radar key.

Standard Toilet(s) (Male and Female Toilets)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets View
    • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Access to Standard Female Toilet(s) View
    • The female toilet facilities that were surveyed are located on the left side of the public convenience building.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the female toilet(s).
    • An ambulant toilet cubicle with wall mounted grab rails is available.
    • Lighting levels in the female toilets are good.
  • Access to Standard Male Toilet(s) View
    • The male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located on the right side of the public convenience building.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the male toilet(s).
    • An ambulant toilet cubicle with wall mounted grab rails is available.
    • Lighting levels in the male toilets are good.
  • Baby Change Facilities View
    • Baby change facilities are located within the venue.
    • Baby change facilities are located in the female and male toilets.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the baby change facility.
  • Comments View
    • There is a wall mounted flip down baby changing unit in the ambulant cubicle of the ladies toilets.
    • The height of the baby change unit is 83cm.
    • There is a wall mounted flip down baby changing unit in the general area of the male toilets.
    • The height of the baby change unit is 85cm.