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Mersea Island Cudmore Grove Country Park

Bromans Lane, East Mersea, Essex, CO5 8UE

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the grounds include a Wildlife Hyde, Children's Play Area, Information and Refreshment Kiosk, Accessible and Standard Toilets, Picnic Areas, Nature Walks through the woodlands and coastal areas with access to the beach.

COVID-19 Information

Opening Times

  • The venue is open from dawn til dusk.

Location

  • There is not a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest National Rail station is Wivenhoe.

Parking

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • Parking is not free for all users.
    • Parking is not free for Blue Badge holders.
    • The car park is located in Bromans Lane.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • There is/are 4 Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The nearest Blue Badge bay is 4m (4yd 1ft) from the car park access point.
    • The furthest Blue Badge bay is 16m (17yd 1ft) from the car park access point.
    • 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 loose chippings.
    • The car park surface is loose chippings.
    • 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.
  • Comments View
    • The photographs show the flow from the car park entrance in Bromans Lane up to the overflow car park past the information kiosk.

Access Point (Main Entrance)

  • Access Point View
    • This information is for the access point located opposite the information and refreshment kiosk.
    • There is an information board/map at this access point.
    • There is step-free access at this access point.
    • This is no gate at this access point.
    • At this access point the ground is uneven and may require assistance.
      The surface of the ground is grass, with some muddy patchy areas. There are several benches throughout this area.

Parks and Gardens

  • The park or garden does have footpaths.
  • The path(s) has a / have compact earth, loose wood chippings, gravel and muddy surface(s).
  • The majority of the path(s) is / are wide enough for wheelchair users.
  • There are slight and steep slopes on the paths.
  • There are some bench seats situated along the paths for people to rest.

Information and Refreshment Kiosk

  • The information and refreshment kiosk is located to the rear of the main car park on the right.
  • The pathway leading from the car park up to the kiosk has a slight permanent slope with no handrails.
  • The height of the counter (hatch) is 115cm.
  • The is a defibrillator located on the wall to the right as you face the counter.
  • Photographs 6 shows the seafood stall located to the left of the information and refreshment kiosk.

Children's Play Area

  • The children's play are is located beyond the main entrance leading into the grassland.
  • The ground within the play area is sand and there is a wooden side to each play area to a depth of approximately 30-40cm.
  • There are several benches around the play area.
  • The ground can be muddy depending on the weather.

Bird Hyde

  • The bird hyde is approximately 250 metres from the Blue Badge bays within car park.
  • There is plenty of signage guiding the way to the hyde.
  • The ground is uneven and may require assistance.
  • The width of the metal bridge from the path to the entrance is 110cm with handrails on both sides.
  • The wooden door opens towards you (pull) and to a width of 90cm.
  • There is a 5cm threshold within the door frame.
  • Photograph 8 shows that there are accessible viewing points within the hyde.

Accessible Toilet

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 15m (16yd 1ft) from the information and refreshment kiosk.
    • This accessible toilet is located to the far right of the information and refreshment kiosk.
    • There is not level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 85cm (2ft 9in).
    • The door may be difficult to open.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 140cm x 270cm (4ft 7in x 8ft 10in).
    • 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 right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 70cm (2ft 4in).
    • 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 an emergency alarm.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is not fully functional.
    • The alarm was out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor) when surveyed.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is a/are sanitary, non-infectious waste and open waste paper bin disposal units.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall mounted grab rails are available for the toilet.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • 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 50cm (1ft 8in).
    • 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 cannot 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 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.
  • Baby Change Facilities View
    • Baby change facilities are located within the venue.
    • Baby change facilities are located within the accessible toilet.
    • The height of the baby change table once extended is 108cm (3ft 7in).

Level Change (Accessible Toilet and Standard Male Toilet)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp or slope is located on the path leading to the entrance.
  • The ramp/slope gradient is slight.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • The ramp does have handrails.
  • The handrails are on both sides.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • 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 to the right of the information and refreshment kiosk.
    • The female toilet(s) is/are approximately 12m (13yd 4in) from the information and refreshment kiosk.
    • Inside the venue, there is not level access to the female toilet(s).
    • Lighting levels in the female toilets are moderate to good.
  • Access to Standard Male Toilet(s) View
    • The male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located to the far right of the information and refreshment kiosk.
    • The male toilet(s) is/are approximately 20m (21yd 2ft) from the information and refreshment kiosk.
    • Inside the venue, there is not level access to the male toilet(s).
    • Lighting levels in the male toilets are moderate to good.

Level Change (Standard Female Toilet)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located to the right of the information and refreshment kiosk.
  • The ramp/slope gradient is slight.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • The ramp does not have handrails.
  • The width of the ramp/slope is 90cm (2ft 11in).
  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located in the doorway.
  • There is/are 1 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 not bypass the step(s).

Additional Info

  • Staff do not receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • Documents are available in large print.