31 May 2012 Trailblazer Carrie-Ann wins nightclub access campaign
Trailblazer Carrie-Ann Lightley has won a campaign to make her local nightclub accessible.
In March Carrie-Ann went to the Loft club in Kendal. It was her first visit to the venue in a year and on her previous visit the lift in the three floor venue had broken down. This time she was disappointed to discover that the lift was still was out of order and had now been bricked over.
Carrie-Ann's disappointment turned to anger when she was told by the bouncers that 'the club had no legal requirement to have a lift.' In spite of the dismissive attitude of the staff Carrie-Ann decided to make the most of a bad situation and enjoyed the rest of her night out with friends.The next day , Carrie-Ann contacted Trailblazers and her local MP, Tim Farron to challenge the club on their policy of not fixing the lift.
Trailblazers then passed the case on to the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign's partners, international law firm Hogan Lovells, which has resulted in representatives of the club confirming today that the lift is now back in full working order. Carrie-Ann has also received a full written apology from the Loft nightclub.
I'm really pleased that this has now been sorted out as it is completely wrong that a company should disregard the access needs of any of its customers. I'd like to thank Hogan Lovells for taking on my case, I think their support has made all the difference. It's just such a shame that disabled people always have to fight to have the same opportunities as our non-disabled peers.
If you have been denied access to a building or a service and would like to challenge this, please do get in touch.
To be honest, I don't have the time or energy at the moment to fight this battle on my own. I have emailed my MP, who is usually very good.