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Fairlands Valley Park

Six Hills Way, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, SG2 0BL

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the grounds include Main Lake, Millenium Lake, Environment Lake, Balancing Pond, Children's Play Area, Aqua Park, Sailing Centre, Cafe, Millenium Wood and Showground.

Location

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

COVID-19 Information

Parking (Showground Car Park)

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Parking is free for all users.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • The car park is located at the Southern end of the Showground, off Broadhall Way.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • There is/are 0 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • 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 uneven surfaces.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • The car park does have a height restriction barrier.
    • The maximum height is 210cm (6ft 11in).
  • On Street Parking and Drop-off Details. View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • There is general parking only within the car park.
    • This car park is also used by visitors attending Stevenage Football Club on match days.

Parking (Main Car Park)

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Parking is free for all users.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • The car park is located off Six Hills Way.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • There is/are 0 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • 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 slopes/ramps.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
  • Comments View
    • There is general parking only within the car park.

Parking (Cafe and Sailing Centre Car Park)

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Parking is free for all users.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • The car park is located next to the cafe.
    • 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 4 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 350cm x 570cm (11ft 6in x 18ft 8in).
    • The nearest designated bay is 18m (19yd 2ft) from the cafe.
    • The furthest designated bay is 44m (48yd 4in) from the cafe.
    • 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 slopes/ramps.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
  • On Street Parking and Drop-off Details. View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.

Parking (Shephall View)

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Parking is free for all users.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • The car park is located off Shephall View.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • There is/are 0 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • 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 slopes/ramps.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
  • On Street Parking and Drop-off Details. View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • There is general parking only within the car park.

Parking (Fairlands Way)

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Parking is free for all users.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • The car park is located off Fairlands Way.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • There is/are 0 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • 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 slopes/ramps.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
  • On Street Parking and Drop-off Details. View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • There is general parking only within the car park.

Outside Access (Showground South Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located off the showground car park.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • There are no doors at this entrance.
  • Comments View
    • At the entrance there are some removeable posts which have a gap of 110cm between them.
    • There is also a locked barrier (padlocked), which is 370cm in width.

Level Change (Showground South Entrance)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located immediately beyond the entrance.
  • The ramp or slope is steep.

Outside Access (Canyon Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the end of the lane which leads from Valley Way.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • There are no doors at this entrance.
  • Comments View
    • This entrance is located next to the Stevenage Scouts Activity Centre, which is signposted from Valley Way.
    • There is a locked barrier (padlocked), which is 280m from Valley Way.
    • There is room for a wheelchair to pass, to the left of the barrier.

Level Change (Canyon Entrance)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located immediately beyond the entrance.
  • The ramp or slope is moderate.

Outside Access (Showground North Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located on Six Hills Way.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • There are no doors at this entrance.
  • Comments View
    • There are removeable posts at this entrance, which have a gap of 110cm between them.

Level Change (Showground North Entrance)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located in front of the entrance.
  • The ramp or slope is moderate.

Outside Access (Main Lake South Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located on Six Hills Way.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • There are no doors at this entrance.
  • Comments View
    • There are 2 entrances that lead from Six Hills Way to the main lake.
    • Only one of the entrance's has removeable posts, as shown in the photographs.

Level Change (Main Lake South Entrance)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located immediately beyond the entrance.
  • The ramp or slope is steep.

Outside Access (Main Car Park Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located off the main car park.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • There are no doors at this entrance.
  • Comments View
    • There is a removeable post 10m from the start of the path, that leads from the car park to the main lake.

Level Change (Main Car Park Entrance)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located immediately beyond the entrance.
  • The ramp or slope is easy.

Outside Access (Shephall View Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located off the car park.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • There are no doors at this entrance.
  • Comments View
    • There are 3 identical entrances from the car park, all with removeable posts located centrally on the path, with a gap of 80cm to either side.

Outside Access (Fairlands Way Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located off the car park.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • There are no doors at this entrance.
  • Comments View
    • The footpaths have removeable posts located centrally on the path.

Level Change (Fairlands Way Entrance)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located on the path leading to the entrance.
  • The ramp or slope is easy.

Outside Access (Chells Way Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located on Chells Way.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • There are no doors at this entrance.

Level Change (Chells Way Entrance)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located on the path leading to the entrance.
  • The ramp or slope is steep.

Parks and Gardens

  • The park or garden does have footpaths.
  • The path(s) has a / have tarmac surface(s).
  • The majority of the path(s) is / are wide enough for wheelchair users.
  • There are easy, moderate and steep slopes on the paths.
  • There are bench seats situated along the paths for people to rest.
  • Comments View
    • The bench seats are located throughout the park, on all of the footpaths.

Children's Play Area and Aqua Park

  • Within Fairlands Valley Park there is both a children's play area and an aqua park.
  • The aqua park is only open during the summer and is complete with pools, a kiosk and public toilet facilities.
  • The play area can be accessed throughout the year.
  • The play area is accessed through metal gates which are heavy, are 90cm wide and are located around the perimeter.

Outside Access (Cafe 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) automatically (towards you).
  • Second set of doors View
    • The automatic doors are push pad activated.
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 168cm (5ft 6in).
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 168cm (5ft 6in).

Level Change (Cafe Entrance)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located in front of the entrance.
  • The ramp or slope is easy.

Eating and Drinking (Cafe)

  • The following information is for the cafe.
  • The cafe is located adjacent to the main lake and next to the sailing centre.
  • Full table service is not available.
  • Food or drinks are ordered from the service counter.
  • Food or drinks can be brought to the table.
  • There is not a lowered section at the counter.
  • No tables are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • All chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is 3m (3yd 10in) from the cafe entrance.
  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 70cm (2ft 4in).
  • The distance between the floor and the highest table is 70cm (2ft 4in).
  • The standard height for tables is 70cm.
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • Plastic / takeaway cups are available.
  • Plastic / takeaway cutlery is available.
  • Drinking straws are available.
  • Menus are wall only.
  • Menus are clearly written.
  • Menus are presented in contrasting colours.
  • The type of food served here is hot and cold meals and snacks.
  • Comments View
    • There are tables and benches located on the terrace area, immediately in front of the cafe.
    • The cafe opens daily at 09.30 and shuts during winter months at 15.30 and summer months at 17.30.
    • Staff will assist customers with orders, as and when required.

Accessible Toilet (Cafe)

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 15m (16yd 1ft) from the cafe entrance.
    • The accessible toilet is located at the rear of the venue.
    • 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 by sliding.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 90cm (2ft 11in).
    • The door is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 215cm x 250cm (7ft 1in x 8ft 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 right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 135cm (4ft 5in).
    • 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 fully functional.
    • 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 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 placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the hand dryer is 110cm (3ft 7in).
    • 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 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 bright.
  • 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 86cm (2ft 10in).

Standard Toilet(s) (Cafe)

Outside Access (Sailing Centre Reception Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) by sliding.
  • The door(s) is / are single.
  • The width of the door opening is 90cm (2ft 11in).
  • Comments View
    • This entrance allows access to the reception area only.
    • The main building is accessed by another door, which is located to the right of this entrance.

Reception (Sailing Centre)

  • The desk is 2m (2yd 7in) from the reception entrance.
  • There is level access to reception from the entrance.
  • The reception desk is high (110cm+).
  • The desk has a low (76cm or lower) section.
  • The lighting levels are bright.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The hearing system is not available only on request.
  • The type of system is a fixed loop.
  • Staff are trained to use the system.

Sailing Centre

  • Within the sailing centre building is a training/conference room, accessible toilets with a roll in shower, standard toilets and standard changing rooms with level access showers.
  • The centre is equipped with boats that can accommodate people with a variety of disabilities and also a jetty, complete with a removeable hoist to lift people in and out of the boats.
  • Disabled people are able to sail either, on their own or with an instructor depending on their individual needs.
  • There is a boat that is adapted to carry disabled people that are unable to sit up and can be carried laying down.
  • The sailing centre operates seasonal opening hours, please contact the centre on 01438 353 241 for more details.
  • The main building is accessed by a manual, single door, 80cm wide, which opens towards you.
  • This entrance is key pad controlled on entry and push button controlled on exit.
  • The sailing centre also has an outdoor activity area complete with a climbing wall.
  • The removeable hoist can also be used to allow access to the climbing wall.

Accessible Toilet (Sailing Centre)

  • There is an/are accessible toilet(s) within this venue designated for public use.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is 15m (16yd 1ft) from the main block entrance.
    • The accessible toilet is located at the rear of the venue.
    • 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 by sliding.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 90cm (2ft 11in).
    • The door weight is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 220cm x 260cm (7ft 3in x 8ft 6in).
    • 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 is 130cm (4ft 3in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is not 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 fully functional.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is not a coat hook.
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall mounted rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There are mirrors.
    • 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 placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the hand dryer is 110cm (3ft 7in).
    • 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 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 grab rails and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the drop down rails and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments View
    • The accessible toilet also has a roll-in shower.
    • The shower has an adjustable height shower head, has lever controls and there is a fold down shower seat, which is 46cm high.
    • There is an additional accessible toilet located at the end of the building which is accessed with a radar key, which can obtained from a member of staff.
    • It was not possible to access the toilet at the time of surveying.

Standard Toilet(s) (Sailing Centre)

  • 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 at the rear of the venue.
    • The female toilet(s) is/are 14m (15yd 11in) from the main block entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the female toilet(s).
    • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Access to Standard Male Toilet(s) View
    • The male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located at the rear of the venue.
    • The male toilet(s) is/are 16m (17yd 1ft) from the main block entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the male toilet(s).
    • Lighting levels are bright.

Standard Changing Room (Sailing Centre)

  • There is a/are standard changing room(s) available.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are 16m (17yd 1ft) from the main block entrance.
  • The standard changing room(s) surveyed is/are located at the rear of the venue.
  • There is level access to the standard changing room(s).
  • Shower facilities are available within the changing room(s).
  • There is level access to the shower facilities.
  • Comments View
    • There are separate, identical standard male and female changing rooms.
    • The changing rooms also have an additional standard toilet located within them.

Additional Info

  • Staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • 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 on the grass areas surrounding the venue.
  • Comments View
    • The photograph shows the maze area, which is located next to the Fairlands Way car park.