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Prescot Parish Church (Church of Saint Mary the Blessed Virgin)

Church Street, Prescot, Knowsley, Merseyside, L34 3LA

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Access Guide

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2020 Changes

  • AccessAble are aware that there have been changes to this Access Guide, which includes the information of a redecoration. Our surveyors will revisit the venue to update the information as soon as possible, subject to Government restrictions.

Location

  • The venue is in a pedestrian area.
  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest National Rail station is Prescot.

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 wall mounted.
  • There is a limited number of people allowed inside.
  • There is a one-way system throughout.
  • The one-way system is clearly marked/signed.
  • There is clear signage inside to help with social distancing.

Opening Times

  • Opening times for the venue vary according to bookings/events taking place.

Parking

  • The venue does not have its own car park.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the right of the church as you look at it from the pedestrianised road.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The door(s) may be difficult to open.
    • The width of the door opening is 120cm.
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The door(s) may be difficult to open.
    • The width of the door opening is 128cm.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • The ramp/slope is located as you come through the doors.
    • The gradient of the ramp/slope is slight.
    • The ramp/slope is permanent.
    • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
    • The width of the ramp/slope is 132cm (4ft 4in).

Outside Access (North Side Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located on the north side of the church, facing the pedestrianised roadway.
    • There is ramped/sloped and stepped access at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is/are double width but one door is locked.
    • The door(s) may be difficult to open.
    • The width of the door opening is 69cm.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • The ramp/slope is located on the pavement in front of the entrance.
    • The gradient of the ramp/slope is slight.
    • The ramp/slope is permanent.
    • There is not a/are not handrail(s) at the ramp.
    • The ramp/slope does not bypass the step(s).
  • Step(s) View
    • The step(s) is/are located just inside the entrance, going down.
    • There is/are 3 step(s).
    • The step(s) is/are clearly marked.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are between 15cm and 18cm.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are 15cm.
    • There is not a/are not handrail(s) at the step(s).
    • The lighting levels at the step(s) are varied.
  • Comments View
    • There is a portable ramp to allow users to traverse the steps. This can be requested upon arrival at the church.
    • The surface in front of this entrance is uneven.

Outside Access (South Side Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located on the south side of the church, facing the graveyard.
    • There is stepped access at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is/are double width but one door is locked.
    • The door(s) may be difficult to open.
    • The width of the door opening is 73cm.
  • Step(s) View
    • There is/are 4 step(s).
    • The step(s) is/are clearly marked.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are not between 15cm and 18cm.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are 19cm.
    • There is not a/are not handrail(s) at the step(s).
    • The lighting levels at the step(s) are varied.
  • Comments View
    • One step is located immediately before the entrance. The other three are immediately inside the entrance
    • The single external step is 8cm high.
    • A portable ramp is available to allow users to traverse the internal steps. This can be requested upon arrival at the church.
    • The surface outside this entrance is slippery and uneven.

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 depending on the event taking place.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • The lighting levels are varied.

Level Change (Inside Access)

  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located at the front of the church leading to the Altar and Choir area.
  • There is/are 2 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 deep (18cm+).
  • There is not a/are not handrail(s) at the step(s).
  • Comments View
    • There are also 2 medium height steps leading to the altar.
    • Communion can be brought to the level area of the church for any person who can not navigate the steps.
    • The altar can be moved forward to reduce the use of the steps.

Accessible Toilet

  • There are not accessible toilet facilities within this venue.
  • Comments View
    • The nearest accessible toilet is located in the church meeting room facing the main entrance.

Standard Toilet(s)

Additional Info

  • Documents are not available in Braille.
  • Documents are available 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 on the grassed areas surrounding the church.
  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is not normally on duty.
  • This service cannot be requested.
  • Home visits / services are available.