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St Michael Le Belfrey

The Parish Centre, 11-12 Minster Yard, York, YO1 7HH

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COVID-19 Information

  • There are separate doors for entering and exiting.
  • There is a member of staff available at the entrance.
  • There is hand sanitiser available at the entrance.
  • The hand sanitisers are free standing.
  • Hand sanitisers are available inside the venue.
  • Sanitiser is food-pedestal operated.
  • There is a limited number of people allowed inside.
  • There is a Track and Trace system in place.
  • There is a one-way system throughout.
  • There is clear signage inside to help with social distancing.
  • The venue is certified with the 'We’re Good To Go’ COVID-19 industry standard.
  • For more information about the measures in place for Covid-19 please click here (new tab) .

Opening Times

Opening Times (Church Office)

  • Monday 10:00 - 16:00.
  • Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00.
  • Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00.
  • Thursday 10:00 - 16:00.
  • Friday 10:00 - 13:00.
  • Saturday Closed.
  • Sunday Closed.

Getting Here

  • BY TRAIN
  • St Michael le Belfrey Church is 0.5 miles from York Railway Station, Station Road, York, YO24 1AB.
  • York Railway Station has barrier-free access.
  • Staff help is available at York Railway Station, with the assistance meeting point located at the Customer Information Point in the main concourse.
  • Staff help is available Monday-Sunday, 24 hours a day.
  • Ramps for train access are available, and there is step-free access coverage comprising lifts and level access to all platforms, and a lift available from the station concourse (platform 3) to platforms 5-11.
  • Customer assistance is available.
  • A 'Call for Aid' button is available by the taxi rank at the front of the station.
  • For St Michael le Belfrey Church, we advise you to exit at the front of the station, where there is level access and there are safe crossing places along the way to the church. Wheelchairs are available at York Railway Station. For further information, and to view train times and maps, please click here (opens in new tab).
  • BY BUS
  • Several bus services make stops in the city centre, with the nearest stops to the church located 240m away at the Exhibition Square Interchange, St Leonard's Place, YO1 7HF.
  • Easy-access kerbs are provided at Exhibition Square, as well as at most bus stops in York city centre and along high-frequency bus routes.
  • All local buses with a capacity of 22 or more passengers are low floor and wheelchair accessible, as is now required by law.
  • The driver can lower the bus or extend the wheelchair ramp to make it easier to board.
  • Buses can normally accommodate one manual or electric wheelchair, however larger mobility scooters with handlebars cannot be carried.
  • For more detailed information on which types of scooter can be carried, please refer to the CPT Code of Practice which most bus operators are signed up to: http://www.cpt-uk.org/ (opens in new tab)
  • Park & Ride
  • There are multiple Park & Ride stops close to the city centre, with the nearest stop 0.2 miles away in Museum Street, YO1 7DT.
  • All Park & Ride buses are low floored and wheelchair accessible.
  • Concessionary fares can be obtained by presenting your disabled person's bus pass.
  • York's Park & Ride sites have been assessed by AccessAble and can be viewed here (link opens in new tab).
  • For all information on bus services in the York area, and to view timetables, visit the iTravel York website
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  • BY COMMUNITY TRANSPORT (YORK WHEELS)
  • York Wheels is a voluntary organisation which provides a transport service for people who cannot easily access public transport.
  • To use the service, you must be over 60, disabled or in receipt of benefits.
  • York Wheels provide a pre-booked car service operating between 08:00 and 16:30 on weekdays.
  • For more information please visit the York Wheels website (link opens in new tab)
  • BY PLANE
  • The region is served by a number of airports, and the closest to St Michael le Belfrey are:
  • Leeds Bradford (link opens in new tab)
  • Manchester (link opens in new tab)
  • Newcastle (link opens in new tab)
  • BY BOAT
  • York is only a one hour drive from the P&O Sea Ferries terminal at Kingston-upon-Hull, with daily sailings to Holland and Belgium.
  • Details on accessibility arrangements at the port are available here (link opens in new tab)
  • For further information on mobility services and accessible transport in York, please visit iTravel York (link opens in new tab).

Parking

  • Unfortunately there is no on-site parking available, however Blue Badge parking locations are within easy reach. The nearest Blue Badge parking locations are as follows:
  • CITY CENTRE CAR PARKS
  • Most council-run car parks have designated disabled bays, situated for easy access.
  • Blue Badge holders can park in any of York's council-run car parks free of charge (within opening hours), in either a designated or standard bay.
  • The nearest council-run car park to St Michael le Belfrey Church is 0.3 miles away at Bootham Row, Bootham Row, YO30 7BP.
  • Blue Badge holders can park in any bay in Bootham Row car park, free of charge, for as long as they want.
  • There are 13 dedicated disabled bays which are available for Blue Badge holders only.
  • See York's car parks directory for more information: https://www.york.gov.uk/CarParks (link opens in new tab)
  • DESIGNATED BLUE BADGE BAYS
  • The nearest designated bays are located 0.2 miles away, adjacent to York Explore Library at Library Square, Museum Street, YO1 7DS.
  • ON-STREET PAY AND DISPLAY BAYS
  • The nearest on-street 'pay and display' bays are located 0.5 miles away at Piccadilly, YO1 9NX.
  • Blue Badge holders can park here free of charge.
  • Blue Badge holders can use these bays for a maximum of 3 hours when yellow lines are enforceable (usually between 08:00 and 18:00); there is no time limit during normal 'pay and display' hours (usually between 18:00 and 08:00).
  • Relevant signage will be in place alongside every 'pay and display' bay. You must also display a time clock if you are parking during restricted hours.
  • FOOTSTREETS
  • York has one of the largest footstreet zones in Europe. Vehicle access is restricted within the pedestrian footstreet zone from 10:30 until 17:00, 7 days a week. During these hours, Blue Badge holders are still able to park on the following footstreets:
  • Blake Street, YO1 8QJ
  • Deangate, YO1 7LF ***located within 200m of St Michael le Belfrey Church***
  • Lendal, YO1 8AU
  • Goodramgate, YO1 7LS
  • Blue Badge holders are allowed to park in these streets for a maximum of 3 hours. You must also display a time clock when parking in footstreets.
  • SINGLE OR DOUBLE YELLOW LINES
  • If necessary, and if no other suitable parking place is available, Blue Badge holders can park on single or double yellow lines for a maximum of 3 hours.
  • If a loading ban is also in place, parking is not permitted, even for Blue Badge holders.
  • Relevant signage will be in place where a loading ban is enforced.
  • Please be aware that when parking on yellow lines, there must be a period of at least one hour before you can park in the area again once you have returned to your vehicle. You must also display a time clock.
  • For further information, and to view a map of York's Blue Badge parking locations please click here (link opens in new tab).

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
  • The door(s) is / are double (with one leaf locked).
  • The door(s) is / are permanently held open.
  • The width of the door opening is 95cm (3ft 1in).
  • Second set of doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The door(s) is / are permanently held open.
    • The width of the door opening is 182cm (5ft 12in).
  • Comments View
    • There is a third set of doors to enter the nave of the church.
    • The doors open towards you (pull).
    • The doors are double.
    • The doors are permanently held open.
    • The width of the door opening is 115cm.
    • At the time of the survey one leaf of the first set of doors was locked due to repairs required on the door hinges. Normally both doors are open.

Level Change (Main Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is easy.
  • The ramp/slope is portable.
  • Please contact a member of staff.
  • The width of the ramp/slope is 75cm (2ft 6in).
  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located in front of the entrance.
  • There is/are 2 step(s) to the area/service.
  • There is not tactile paving at the top and bottom of the steps.
  • The step(s) is/are not clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
  • There is not a/are not handrail(s) at the step(s).
  • The ramp/slope does bypass the step(s).
  • Comments View
    • The ramp is usually in place when the church is open.
    • If the ramp is not in place please ask a member of staff.

Inside Access

  • There is not level access to the service(s).
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The system is a fixed loop.
  • Staff are trained to use the system.
  • This venue does play background music.
  • Music is played throughout the building.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • The lighting levels are medium.

Level Change (Nave Aisles)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located in the centre aisle.
  • The ramp/slope is easy.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • The ramp does not have handrails.
  • The width of the ramp/slope is 124cm (4ft 1in).
  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located to the rear of the building, at the far end of both side aisles.
  • There is/are 1 step(s) to the area/service.
  • The lighting levels at the step(s) are medium.
  • The step(s) is/are clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
  • There is not a/are not handrail(s) at the step(s).
  • The ramp/slope does bypass the step(s).
  • Comments View
    • There are also staggered pews on both sides of the building which are accessed by steps (shown in photograph 4).
    • The steps do not have handrails.
    • The majority of the pews are accessed by a deep step (shown in photograph 5).
    • The ramp leads to the designated seating for up to 4 wheelchair users and the front 5 rows of pews on either side of the main aisle, giving step free access to these pews.

Outside Access (Church Office Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the left of the building, opposite York Minster.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The bell is not in a suitable position to allow wheelchair users to gain access.
  • The intercom is not in a suitable position to allow wheelchair users to gain access.
  • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
  • The door(s) is / are single.
  • The door(s) is / are heavy.
  • The width of the door opening is 77cm (2ft 6in).
  • Second set of doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 94cm (3ft 1in).
  • Comments View
    • The bell is located at the first set of doors for use outside of office hours.
    • The intercom is located at the second set of doors.

Level Change (Church Office Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp or slope is located between the two sets of doors.
  • The ramp/slope is easy.
  • The width of the ramp/slope is 103cm (3ft 5in).

Reception (Church Office)

  • The desk/counter is 2m (2yd 7in) from the church office entrance.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • The desk/counter is high (110cm+).
  • The desk/counter has a low (76cm or lower) section.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Comments View
    • Seating is available in the reception area.
    • The seating has armrests.

Accessible Toilet

  • There are accessible toilet facilities within this venue.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is written text signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 14m (15yd 11in) from the church office entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located at the rear right of the church office building.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a unisex toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a lever twist.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 87cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 150cm x 174cm (4ft 11in x 5ft 9in).
    • There is not 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 is 89cm (2ft 11in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • There is not an emergency alarm.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is a/are open waste paper bin and sanitary disposal units.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall-mounted grab rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • There is a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • The shelf is not higher than 95cm (3ft 1in).
    • There is a mirror.
    • Mirrors are not 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 not a hand dryer.
    • There is a towel dispenser.
    • The towel dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The towel dispenser is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the towel dispenser is 120cm (3ft 11in).
    • 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 can 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 fair.
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is fair.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is fair.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is fair.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments View
    • A member of staff will escort visitors to the accessible toilet from the church.

Standard Toilet(s)

Level Change (Standard Toilets)

  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located to the rear left of the building.
  • There is/are 2 step(s) to the area/service.
  • The lighting levels at the step(s) are medium.
  • The step(s) is/are not clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
  • There is not a/are not handrail(s) at the step(s).

Additional Info

  • Documents are not available in Braille.
  • Documents can be requested in large print.
  • A bowl of water can be provided for an assistance dog.
  • An assistance dog toilet area can be provided onsite.
  • The assistance dog toilet area is located outside the venue.
  • Home visits / services are available.
  • Comments View
    • The nearest off-lead dog exercise area is the riverside path that runs along the River Ouse from Lendal Bridge towards Scarborough Bridge.
    • This path can be joined 0.2 miles from the church at Lendal Bridge, YO1 7DP.

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