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Stockbridge Village Leisure Centre

The Withens, Stockbridge Village, Knowsley, Merseyside, L28 1AB

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include a swimming pool, fitness suite and sports hall.

Opening Times

  • Monday 07:00 - 20:00.
  • Tuesday 07:00 - 20:00.
  • Wednesday 07:00 - 20:00.
  • Thursday 07:00 - 20:00.
  • Friday 07:00 - 19:00.
  • Saturday 09:00 - 15:00.
  • Sunday 09:00 - 14:00.

Location

  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest National Rail station is Broad Green.

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 side of the building.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • There is/are 0 Blue Badge 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.
    • There is a road to cross between the car park and the entrance.
    • The road is generally quiet.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
  • Drop off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • There are 7 Blue Badge bays on The Withens to the right of the leisure centre.
    • The Blue Badge bays are 280cm deep.
    • The Blue Badge bays are 665cm wide.
    • The nearest Blue Badge bay is 15m from The Withens entrance.
    • The furthest Blue Badge bay is 40m from The Withens entrance.
    • There is a dropped kerb at the Blue Badge bays.
    • The dropped kerb does not have tactile markings.

Outside Access (The Withens Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the side of the building.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • The intercom is not in a suitable position to allow wheelchair users to gain access.
  • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
  • The door(s) is / are double.
  • The width of the door opening is 110cm (3ft 7in).
  • Second set of doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 154cm (5ft 1in).

Outside Access (Car Park Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the side of the building.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • The intercom is not in a suitable position to allow wheelchair users to gain access.
  • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
  • The door(s) is / are double.
  • The width of the door opening is 111cm (3ft 8in).
  • Second set of doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 152cm (4ft 12in).

Reception

  • The desk/counter is 3m (3yd 10in) from the Withens entrance.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • The desk/counter is medium height (77cm - 109cm).
  • The desk/counter has a low (76cm or lower) section.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The type of system is a fixed loop.
  • Staff are trained to use the system.
  • Comments View
    • There is seating and tables to the right of the reception desk.
    • The lowest table is 40cm.
    • The highest table is 70cm.
    • Some chairs have armrests.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service(s).
  • This venue does play background music.
  • Music is played in the foyer / reception area.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • The lighting levels are varied.
  • Comments View
    • There are two turnstiles leading from the reception area to the leisure centre.
    • There are gates to the left and right of the turnstiles for wheelchair users.
    • The gates are 90cm wide.
    • The gates open automatically away from you.
    • The gates are opened remotely by a member of the reception staff on request.

Sensory Room

  • The sensory room is located in the main corridor on the right.
  • There is a door to the sensory room.
  • The door is locked.
  • The key can be obtained from the main reception.
  • The door opens away from you (push).
  • The door is heavy.
  • The width of the door is 87cm.
  • The room contains sensory equipment including touch and light.
  • The floor is padded in some areas and carpet in others.

Swimming Pool

  • There is level access from the changing area to the swimming pool.
  • There is a ramped entrance into the water.
  • There is not a wet side chair available.
  • There is a hoist for wheelchair users to access the water.
  • The hoist is manual.
  • There are not steps into the swimming pool.
  • There is a ladder type entrance into the water.
  • There is a handrail on both sides of the ladder.

Fitness Suite

  • Access to Fitness Suite View
    • The fitness suite is located to the right of the main corridor.
    • The fitness suite is 10m (10yd 2ft) from the Withens entrance.
    • There is level access to the fitness suite.
    • There are doors into the fitness suite.
    • The doors open away from you (push).
    • The doors are single.
    • The doors are heavy.
    • The opening is 87cm (2ft 10in) wide.
  • Fitness Suite (General) View
    • Staff receive some training in assisting disabled people.
    • Training provided is in house.
    • Equipment suitable for mobility or sensory impaired users includes hand bike and free weights.
    • A portable hearing loop is not available for induction.
    • There is clear manoeuvring space between equipment.
    • There is level access to all of the equipment.

Changing Places (Dry Side)

  • Location and access View
    • The facility is located in the entrance foyer, to the left as you face reception.
    • The facility is approximately 6m (6yd 1ft) from the Withens entrance.
    • There is level access to the facility.
  • Dimensions and features View
    • You do need a key for the facility.
    • It is a radar key.
    • The key can be obtained from reception.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The width of the door is 82cm (2ft 8in).
    • The dimensions of the facility are 326cm x 220cm (10ft 8in x 7ft 3in).
    • The facility changing bench height is adjustable.
    • The facility changing bench is free standing.
    • The length of the facility changing bench is 180cm (5ft 11in).
    • The facility hoist is powered overhead.
    • The overhead hoist covers all areas in cubicle.
    • The sling is attached to the hoist by hook.
    • The facility toilet is corner.
    • The transfer space on the right as you face the toilet is 73cm (2ft 5in).
    • Wall mounted grab rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • Drop down rails are provided.
    • As you face the toilet the drop down rail(s) is/are on the right.
    • The type of wash basin is fixed.
    • 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.
    • Disposal facilities are available.
    • A privacy screen is not available.
    • Wide tear off paper roll is not available.
    • The facility has a non slip floor.
    • A functioning emergency alarm is available.
  • Comments View
    • There is a baby change unit within the changing places room.
    • The baby change unit is a fixed height unit.
    • The height of the baby change unit is 89cm.

Changing Places (Wet Side)

  • Location and access View
    • The facility is located in the main corridor on the right.
    • The facility is approximately 29m (31yd 2ft) from the Withens entrance.
    • There is level access to the facility.
  • Dimensions and features View
    • You do need a key for the facility.
    • It is not a radar key.
    • The key can be obtained from reception.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The width of the door is 76cm (2ft 6in).
    • The dimensions of the facility are 260cm x 517cm (8ft 6in x 16ft 12in).
    • The facility changing bench height is adjustable.
    • The facility changing bench is free standing.
    • The length of the facility changing bench is 191cm (6ft 3in).
    • The facility hoist is powered overhead.
    • The overhead hoist covers all areas in cubicle.
    • The sling is attached to the hoist by hook.
    • The facility toilet is peninsular.
    • The transfer space on the left as you face the toilet is 360cm (11ft 10in).
    • The transfer space on the right as you face the toilet is 105cm (3ft 5in).
    • Wall mounted grab rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • Drop down rails are provided.
    • As you face the toilet the drop down rail(s) is/are on both sides.
    • The type of wash basin is fixed.
    • Wall mounted grab rails are not available at the wash basin.
    • Disposal facilities are available.
    • A privacy screen is not available.
    • Wide tear off paper roll is not available.
    • The facility has a non slip floor.
    • A functioning emergency alarm is not available.
    • It is out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from the floor).
  • Comments View
    • There is also a door to the wet side changing places leading from the standard wet side unisex changing room.
    • The door opens towards you (pull).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The width of the door is 87cm.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • There is also a door leading from the wet side changing places to the pool.
    • The door opens away from you (push).
    • the door is heavy.
    • The width of the door is 86cm.
    • The door is locked by a lever twist lock.
    • There is a standard shower in the wet side changing places facility.
    • The shower has an adjustable head.
    • There is level access to the shower.
    • The shower does not have handrails or drop down rails.

Standard Changing Room (Male Dry Side Changing Rooms)

  • There is a/are standard changing room(s) available.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 9m (9yd 2ft) from the Withens entrance.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 6m (6yd 1ft) from the reception desk.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 4m (4yd 1ft) from the fitness suite.
  • The standard changing room(s) surveyed is/are located in the main corridor on the right.
  • 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
    • The dry side changing rooms surveyed were the male changing rooms.
    • There are similar female changing rooms in the same area.
    • Lockers are available.
    • Lockers are located in the main corridor of the leisure centre.

Standard Changing Room (Wet Side Unisex Changing Room)

  • There is a/are standard changing room(s) available.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 1m (3ft 3in) from the wet side changing room entrance.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 18m (19yd 2ft) from the reception desk.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 6m (6yd 1ft) from the swimming pool.
  • The standard changing room(s) surveyed is/are located in the main corridor to the right.
  • 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
    • The standard shower has a fixed head.
    • There is a gutter in the wet side changing room causing a slight uneven surface on entry to this facility.
    • 3 of the standard changing room cubicles have a baby change unit.
    • The baby change units are fixed height.
    • The baby change units are all 89cm high.

Accessible Toilet (Wet Side)

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is Braille, tactile and pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 8m (8yd 2ft) from the wet side unisex changing room entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located in the wet side changing area.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a unisex toilet.
    • A key is required for the accessible toilet.
    • The key is a radar key.
    • The key can be obtained from main reception.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 87cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 257cm x 234cm (8ft 5in x 7ft 8in).
    • 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 105cm (3ft 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 not fully functional.
    • The alarm was out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor) when surveyed.
    • Disposal facilities are not available in the cubicle.
    • There is a/are coat hook(s).
    • The coat hook is not within 120cm (3ft 11in) from floor level.
  • 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 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • 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 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 poor.
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is poor.
    • 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 medium.
  • Comments View
    • There is a gutter in the wet side changing room causing a slight uneven surface on entry to this facility.

Accessible Toilet (Wet Side Unisex Changing room)

  • 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 Braille, tactile and pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 5m (5yd 1ft) from the unisex changing room entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located to the left as you enter the unisex wet side changing room.
    • 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 127cm x 200cm (4ft 2in x 6ft 7in).
    • 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 66cm (2ft 2in).
    • 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 coat hook(s).
    • The coat hook is not within 120cm (3ft 11in) from floor level.
  • 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 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • 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 48cm (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 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 poor.
    • 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 fair.
    • The lighting levels are medium.

Accessible Shower (Male Dry Side)

  • Accessible shower facilities are available.
  • The accessible shower(s) surveyed is/are located in the male dry side changing room.
  • The facilities available in the accessible shower(s) include; an adjustable shower head, handrails and a flip down seat.
  • The height of the seat is 48cm (1ft 7in).
  • Other facilities available include; dropdown rails.
  • There is level access to the services from the accessible shower facilities.
  • Comments View
    • The door is opened by a radar key.
    • The radar key is available from the main reception.
    • There is a similar accessible shower in the female dry side changing room.

Accessible Shower (Wet Side)

  • Accessible shower facilities are available.
  • The accessible shower(s) surveyed is/are located in the accessible toilet.
  • The facilities available in the accessible shower(s) include; an adjustable shower head, handrails and a flip down seat.
  • The height of the seat is 47cm (1ft 7in).
  • Other facilities available include; dropdown rails.
  • There is level access to the services from the accessible shower facilities.
  • Comments View
    • There is a gutter in the wet side changing room causing a slight uneven surface on entry to this facility.

Standard Toilet(s) (Entrance Foyer)

  • 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 in the entrance foyer, to the left as you face reception.
    • The female toilet(s) is/are approximately 8m (8yd 2ft) from the Withens entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the female toilet(s).
    • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Access to Standard Male Toilet(s) View
    • The male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located in the entrance foyer, to the left as you face reception.
    • The male toilet(s) is/are approximately 5m (5yd 1ft) from the Withens entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the male toilet(s).
    • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments View
    • There are other similar standard toilets located in the dry side female and male changing rooms.

Standard Toilet(s) (Wet Side Unisex Changing Room)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets View
    • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Access to Standard Shared Toilet(s) View
    • The shared toilets that were surveyed are located on the left as you enter the wet side unisex changing room.
    • The shared toilet(s) is/are approximately 4m (4yd 1ft) from the wet side changing room entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the shared toilet(s).
    • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Baby Change Facilities View
    • Baby change facilities are located within the venue.
    • Baby change facilities are located in some of the wet side standard changing cubicles.
    • The height of the baby change table once extended is 89cm (2ft 11in).
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the baby change facility.

Additional Info

  • Staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • Documents can be requested 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 on the grassed areas surrounding the building.
  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is not normally on duty.