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Belhus Country Park

Romford Road, Aveley, Essex, RM15 4XJ

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Introduction

  • The park is open from 8am till dusk.

Location

  • The venue is situated outside the centre of the town.
  • This venue is situated in Aveley.
  • The venue is not situated on a road which has a steep gradient.
  • There is not a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.

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 type is open air/surface.
    • There is/are 2 Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the Blue Badge parking bay(s) are 360cm x 720cm (11ft 10in x 23ft 7in).
    • The nearest Blue Badge bay is 20m (21yd 2ft) from the Visitor Centre Entrance.
    • The furthest Blue Badge bay is 23m (25yd 6in) from the Visitor Centre Entrance.
    • The route from the car park to the entrance is accessible to a wheelchair user unaided.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • 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.

Outside Access (Visitors Centre Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the venue.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The door(s) is/are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 150cm.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance.
    • 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.
    • There is a/are handrail(s) at the ramp.
    • The handrail(s) is/are on both sides.

Eating and Drinking

  • The following information is for the café.
  • Full table service is not available.
  • Food or drinks are ordered from the service counter.
  • Food or drinks can be brought to the table.
  • No tables are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is approximately 5m (5yd 1ft) from the visitors centre entrance.
  • The standard height for tables is 72cm.
  • 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 hand held and wall.
  • Menus are not available in Braille.
  • Menus are not available in large print.
  • Picture menus are not available.
  • Menus are clearly written.
  • Menus are presented in contrasting colours.
  • The type of food served here is hot and cold meals and snacks.

Inside Access (Country Park)

  • There is not level access to the service(s).
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • The lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments View
    • There is a key available from the visitor centre which is able to open the gates throughout the park.
    • This will allow wheelchair access.
    • There is a £5 deposit for the key.

Level Change (Country Park)

  • There are a series of level changes throughout the park accessed by easy and moderate slopes.
  • The surface of the paths are loose chippings.

Inside Access (Visitor Centre)

  • There is 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 venue.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • The lighting levels are bright.

Belhus Country Park Tramper

  • Venturing deeper into the Belhus Country Park has been made much easier for less mobile visitors with an all-terrain electric buggy called the Tramper.
  • Anyone who is disabled, elderly or just less mobile, can borrow the Tramper and use it to explore any number of different paths through the 300 acres of the reserve – all for free.
  • The Tramper is available for hire weekdays between 009.30 and 14.30 and weekends between 09.30 and 15.00.
  • For use of the Tramper you will need to book a minimum of 24 hours in advance.
  • For more information, please call the office on 01708 865 628.

Public Toilets

  • Location and Access to Toilets View
    • These facilities are located within a toilet block.
    • The toilet block is located to the left of the visitors centre.
    • The type of toilet facilities located here are; accessible toilet(s) and female and male standard toilets.
    • There is ramped/sloped access to the accessible toilet facilities.
    • There is ramped/sloped access to the female and male standard toilets.
    • There is not a charge for use of the toilet(s).
  • Additional Information View
    • The toilets are not staffed.
    • The accessible toilets are located within the female and male standard toilets.

Accessible Toilet (Female)

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 24m (26yd 9in) from the visitor centre entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located in the standard female and male toilets in the toilet block.
    • There is not level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is not a shared toilet.
    • There are separate female and male accessible toilets.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens inwards.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 90cm (2ft 11in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 150cm x 230cm (4ft 11in x 7ft 7in).
    • There is sufficient turning space in the cubicle for a wheelchair user.
    • There is not a lateral transfer space.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • There is not an emergency alarm.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is not fully functional.
    • The alarm did not sound when tested.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is a/are non-infectious waste 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 not a mirror.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 43cm (1ft 5in).
    • There is not a hand dryer.
    • There is a towel dispenser.
    • The towel dispenser can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The towel dispenser is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • 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 poor.
  • Baby Change Facilities View
    • Baby change facilities are located within the venue.
    • Baby change facilities are located in the female and male accessible toilets.
    • The height of the baby change table once extended is 104cm (3ft 5in).

Level Change (Toilet Block)

  • 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 not a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • The ramp does have handrails.
  • The width of the ramp/slope is 115cm (3ft 9in).
  • There is not tactile paving at the top and bottom of the steps.
  • The ramp/slope does not bypass the step(s).
  • Comments View
    • The handrail for the female toilets is to your right.
    • The handrail for the male toilets is to your left.

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 your right as you face the toilet block.
    • The female toilet(s) is/are approximately 24m (26yd 9in) from the visitors centre.
    • An ambulant toilet cubicle with wall mounted grab rails is available.
    • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Access to Standard Male Toilet(s) View
    • The male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located to your left as you face the toilet block.
    • The male toilet(s) is/are approximately 26m (28yd 1ft) from the visitors centre.
    • An ambulant toilet cubicle with wall mounted grab rails is available.
    • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Baby Change Facilities View
    • Baby change facilities are located within the venue.

Additional Info

  • Staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • Documents are not available in Braille.
  • Documents can be requested in large print.
  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is not generally on duty.