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Shrewsbury Town Centre-Road Restrictions

New road restrictions are now in place in Shrewsbury Town Centre. Shropshire Disability Network are aware some of our members who have blue badges have been issued with fines regarding the changes that came into place on 9th July 2021. The experimental changes could last up to 18 months. As these changes are experimental, so it is extremely  important that if you,  your family and friends are affected, that you let Shropshire Disability Network know by emailing membership@shropshire-disability.net and if you can also tell Shropshire Council about your concerns that is important too.

What are the restrictions? Shropshire Council website says “This prohibition of motor vehicles, no right turn, and changes to the waiting and loading restrictions order is proposed to trial a potential reshaping of the physical public realm and traffic management arrangements within Shrewsbury town centre, promoting pedestrian safety, active travel alternatives and movement around the town.

What locations are affected? Dogpole, High Street, Mardol Head, Milk Street, Shoplatch, The Square, Wyle Cop – Shrewsbury

What about Buses and Taxis? Shropshire Council website says “Buses and taxis will be allowed to travel on weekdays only, with no motor vehicles allowed at the weekend. Changes to the waiting and loading restrictions are also proposed, reducing the number of vehicles in the town and providing additional space for pedestrians and cyclists during the main trading hours.

The above aims to provide both improved safety for all road users and quality of life for the local community, and will be applied on an experimental basis for up to 18 months”

A Consultation was started on Friday 9th July 2021 and ends on Sunday 9th January 2022. SDN says “If you are affected by these changes, please respond sooner rather than later to the consultation.

The details:

THE SHROPSHIRE COUNCIL (VARIOUS ROADS, SHREWSBURY) (VARIOUS EXPERIMENTAL RESTRICTIONS) ORDER 2021

On 9 July 2021 Shropshire Council made an experimental order to place the following restrictions on various roads in Shrewsbury Town Centre:

Prohibition of Motor Vehicles (except Buses, Taxis, and Refuse Vehicles) Monday – Friday 11:00-16:00

  • Wyle Cop From its junction with Beeches Lane to its junction with Dogpole in a north-westerly direction.
  • Wyle Cop From its junction with Dogpole to its junction with Milk Street
  • High Street In its entirety
  • Mardol Head In its entirety
  • Shoplatch From its junction with Mardol Head to its junction with Market Street

Prohibition of Motor Vehicles (except for Refuse Vehicles) Saturday – Sunday 11:00-16:00

  • Wyle Cop From its junction with Beeches Lane to its junction with Dogpole in a north-westerly direction.
  • Wyle Cop From its junction with Dogpole to its junction with Milk Street
  • High Street In its entirety
  • Mardol Head In its entirety
  • Shoplatch From its junction with Mardol Head to its junction with Market Street

Prohibition of Motor Vehicles (no exceptions) Every Day 11:00am-4:00pm

  • Milk Street In its entirety

Prohibition of Motor Vehicles Access to Premises allowed Midnight–11am and 4pm–Midnight

  • The Square (south east side) In its entirety

No Right Turn Except Buses, Taxis, Cycles, and Refuse Vehicles Monday – Friday 11:00-16:00

  • Dogpole From Dogpole into Wyle Cop (section between Dogpole and High Street).

No Right Turn except Cycles and Refuse Vehicles Saturday – Sunday 11:00-16:00

  • Dogpole From Dogpole into Wyle Cop (section between Dogpole and High Street).

Restricted Zone – No Waiting At Any Time No Loading 11am-4pm

  • Wyle Cop (south side) Between its junction with Beeches Lane and a point 119.9 metres south-east of its junction with Milk Street
  • Wyle Cop (north side) Between its junction with Beeches Lane and a point 51 metres south-east of its junction with Dogpole

No Waiting At Any Time No Loading 11am-4pm

  • Milk Street (both sides) From its junction with Princess Street and Belmont to a point 12.5 metres south-west of its junction with High Street.

Loading Only 7:30am-11am and 4pm-8pm Restricted Zone No Waiting and No Loading 11am-4pm

  • Wyle Cop (south side) Between points 80.8 meters and 119.9 metres south-east of its junction with Milk Street
  • Wyle Cop (north side) Between points 10 metres and 31 metres west of its junction with Dogpole
  • High Street (south-west side) Between a point 40.8 metres north-west of its junction with Milk Street to a point 61.2 metres south-east of its junction with The Square.
  • High Street (south-west side) Between points 6 metres and 33 metres south-east of its junction with Mardol Head.
  • Mardol Head (south-east side) Between points 20 metres and 36.5 metres south-west of its junction with High Street
  • Shoplatch (south-east side) Between points 30 metres and 50 metres north-east of its junction with Market Street
  • Shoplatch (north-west side) Between points 28.6 metres and 50.9 metres north-east of its junction with Bellstone

Disabled Badge Holders Only – Midnight to 11am and 4pm to Midnight Restricted Zone No waiting and No Loading 11am-4pm

  • High Street (south-west side) Between points 16.8 metres and 37.8 metres north-west of its junction with Milk Street.
  • Shoplatch (north-west side) Between points 75.6 metres and 95.6 metres north-east of its junction with Bellstone
  • Any existing restrictions at the above locations are suspended for the duration of the order.

This Order comes into effect on 19 July 2021 and will operate for a period of up to eighteen months.

The Council will consider in due course whether its provisions should continue in force indefinitely.

If you wish to question the validity of the order, or of any of its provisions, on the grounds that they are not within the powers conferred by the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, or that any requirement of the Act or of any instrument made under it has not been complied with in relation to the Order you may, within six weeks from 9 July 2021, apply for the purpose to the High Court.

How to give feedback to Shropshire Council: If you wish to raise an objection, express support, or make any other comments about these proposals, please send an e-mail to traffic.engineering@shropshire.gov.uk  or write a letter to Traffic Engineering Team, Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury SY2 6ND by 9 January 2022. You may also ring 0345 678 9006 for more information.

Please note that, for legal reasons, objections must be made in writing or by e-mail, and should state the grounds on which the objection is made. Objections cannot be accepted over the phone.

Useful documents to download in relation to the above:

 

 

Hairspray (an Audio Described Performance)

Start Date:
23rd October 2021

End Date:
23rd October 2021

Start Time:
1430

End Time:
TBC

Event title: Hairspray (an Audio Described Performance)
Venue: Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, Lichfield Street, Wolverhampton WV1 1DE
Weblink: https://www.grandtheatre.co.uk/
Name: Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
Email: vickyp@grandtheatre.co.uk
Telephone: 01902 429212
Event description: The smash hit musical comedy Hairspray is coming to Wolverhampton with a production, guaranteed to have you dancing the night away!

It’s Baltimore, 1962 where Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, is on a mission to follow her dreams and dance her way onto national TV. Tracy’s audition makes her a local star and soon she is using her new-found fame to fight for equality, bagging local heartthrob Link Larkin along the way!

Featuring the hit songs Welcome To The 60s, You Can’t Stop The Beat, The Nicest Kids in Town and many more.

Starring Brenda Edwards as Motormouth Maybelle and Norman Pace as Wilbur Turnblad.

Don’t miss this irresistible feel-good show that will have you smiling for days – let your hair down and book now!

To watch a trailer click here: https://youtu.be/7LDRk27jwY4

To book tickets click here https://www.grandtheatre.co.uk/whats-on/hairspray/book/441650/

You can reserve and purchase tickets for any of our accessible performances via our Box Office, either in person or over the phone on 01902 42 92 12.

Click here to find out more about what to expect at a Audio Captioned  performance:  https://www.grandtheatre.co.uk/visually-impaired-2/

News from Activity Alliance

Activity Alliance has a clear ambition, they state “It is not right or fair that disabled people are the least active in our society”

They are pleased to present their 2021-2024 strategy – Achieving Fairness. Having consulted with their members and partners to inform our strategy’s development and future direction.

One in five people in the UK considers themselves a disabled person – 14.1 million people. This represents a large proportion of our population. Sport and activity play an important role in our nation’s health so must be a level playing field for everybody. Therefore, Activity Alliance have refreshed their vision to be: 

Fairness for disabled people in sport and activity
Disabled people participate less than non-disabled people and they are also twice as likely to be inactive. We call this the fairness gap, and we aim to close this gap within a generation by focussing on these two key goals:

  1. Embedding inclusive practice into organisations
  2. Changing attitudes towards disabled people in sport and activity

The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly impacted our country and hit disabled people the hardest in many ways. Our Strategy acknowledges this situation and recognises the work in hand to overcome the extra challenges brought by the pandemic. We want disabled people to be at the heart of our nation’s recovery.

Our three-year strategy is ambitious. To achieve fairness we will work with multiple stakeholders who will unite with us to make our vision a reality. This includes an important mix of organisations and individuals across various sectors. We will also work closely with our members to prioritise disabled people’s inclusion in sport and activity. 

Everything we do will focus on these four strategic objectives: 

  1. Champion disabled people’s voices and maximise Activity Alliance’s visibility
  2. Use high-quality expertise and insight to educate and inform decision making and influence policy
  3. Address inequalities through collaboration, improving engagement and delivery with and for disabled people
  4. Maximise the use of investment and that of our partners to enable disabled people’s activity

Over the next three years and beyond, Activity Alliance will continue to push for inclusion to be at the heart of all plans in sport and activity.

We will not settle until every disabled person can reap the same physical health, mental health, and social benefits as non-disabled people.

Download Achieving Fairness – 2021-2024 Strategy at the links below:

For further information please go to Activity Alliance website: http://www.activityalliance.org.uk/

Ammonite (with Subtitles and Audio Description)

Start Date:
5th June 2021

End Date:
5th June 2021

Start Time:
2000

End Time:
1000

Event title: Ammonite (with Subtitles and Audio Description)
Venue: Kinokulture Cinema, 9 Arthur Street, Oswestry SY11 1JN
Weblink: https://www.kinokulture.org.uk/
Name: Kinokulture Cinema
Email: https://www.kinokulture.org.uk/contact
Telephone: N/A
Event description: Note: This film has sexual scenes.
About the film: Acclaimed paleontologist Mary Anning works alone selling common fossils to tourists to support her ailing mother, but a chance job offer changes her life when a visitor hires her to care for his wife.

Watch a trailer at this link: https://cdnstatic.usheru.com/wwmtrailers/311629_high.mp4

To book tickets click this link: https://www.kinokulture.org.uk/purchase/ammonite/kinokulture-cinema/117484875

Tickets cost £8.60

Some changes to our film show times with the introduction of some 5:30pm screenings and our evening screenings will now Start at 8pm (with the exception of Event Cinema such as Exhibition On Screen, Theatre & Ballet when they return).

We have also reduced the regular concession ticket price for 16-30′s, students, jobseekers & NHS workers to £6.00 and the under 16 ticket price to £4.00. (Again this does not apply to Event Cinema as these prices are set by the distributors).

When available we are introducing Audio Described subtitled screenings for the Hard Of Hearing (AD/HOH)
These will generally be on a Saturday evening, look out for these screenings of the following:

  • Nomadland,
  • Ammonite,
  • Sound Of Metal,
  • After Love and
  • Judas And The Black Messiah.

This short video tells you about the at the Safety measures we have put in  place   https://youtu.be/jlHZb1jJP-8

Nomadland (Audio Described and Subtitles)

Start Date:
22nd May 2021

End Date:
22nd May 2021

Start Time:
2000

End Time:
2145 approx

Event title: Nomadland (Audio Described and Subtitles)
Venue: Kinokulture Cinema, 9 Arthur Street, Oswestry SY11 1JN
Weblink: https://www.kinokulture.org.uk/
Name: Kinokulture Cinema
Email: https://www.kinokulture.org.uk/contact
Telephone: N/A
Event description: Note: This showing is audio described and has subtitles. It is 12A, has infrequent moderate bad language and references to suicide.

About the film: A woman in her sixties who, after losing everything in the Great Recession, embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad.

To watch a YouTube trailer click here: https://cdnstatic.usheru.com/wwmtrailers/287879_high.mp4

To book tickets click this link: https://www.kinokulture.org.uk/purchase/nomadland-1/kinokulture-cinema/117484712

Some changes to our film show times with the introduction of some 5:30pm screenings and our evening screenings will now Start at 8pm (with the exception of Event Cinema such as Exhibition On Screen, Theatre & Ballet when they return).

We have also reduced the regular concession ticket price for 16-30’s, students, jobseekers & NHS workers to £6.00 and the under 16 ticket price to £4.00. (Again this does not apply to Event Cinema as these prices are set by the distributors).

When available we are introducing Audio Described subtitled screenings for the Hard Of Hearing (AD/HOH)
These will generally be on a Saturday evening, look out for these screenings of the following:

  • Nomadland,
  • Ammonite,
  • Sound Of Metal,
  • After Love and
  • Judas And The Black Messiah.

Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Audio described Performance)

Start Date:
4th September 2021

End Date:
4th September 2021

Start Time:
1430

End Time:
1700

Event title: Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Audio described Performance)
Venue: Birmingham Hippodrome, Hurst Street, Southside, Birmingham B5 4TB
Weblink: https://www.birminghamhippodrome.com/
Name: Birmingham Hyppodrome
Email: tickets@birminghamhippodrome.com
Telephone: 0121 689 1060
Event description: Audio Described Performances-
Audio-description in theatre is a live verbal commentary on the visual elements of a production as it unfolds. The description gives only the essential information that a visually impaired patron might miss.

About the show: Based on the Oscar-winning movie, Priscilla is the hilarious adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus bound for the Outback to put on the show of a lifetime. Their epic journey is a heart-warming story of self-discovery, sassiness and acceptance.

With more glitter than ever before, this smash-hit show features a dazzling array of stunning costumes, fabulous feathers and a non-stop parade of dance-floor classics including, Hot Stuff, I Will Survive, I Love The Nightlife, Finally, It’s Raining Men, Go West and Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.

It is always best to book through our Access phone line 0121 689 1060 when booking assisted performances.

Concessions for patrons with disabilities

  • £5 off standard price tickets in all seating areas.
  • 2 for 1 for disabled patrons who require the service/support of a companion.
  • Limited availability.

NB: Seating for this production is based on a socially-distanced model at this moment in time. Please note that this may change depending on Government guidance closer to the performance date, meaning that some people may be sat next to you if it is deemed safe to do so by the latest guidance.

Ticket holders will be contacted via email ahead of the production date with full details of our latest audience safety procedures and requirements. The safety of our audiences, performers and staff remains our uttermost priority.

Please note, this is a new run of Priscilla Queen of the Desert. If you had a booking for the show in 2020, it is no longer valid and you will need to book new tickets. Please call our Ticket Sales team if you have any questions. 

For information about Assisted Performances at Birmingham Hippodrome, click here:  https://www.birminghamhippodrome.com/plan-your-visit/access/assistedperformances/

Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None (Audio Described Performance)

Start Date:
2nd October 2021

End Date:
2nd October 2021

Start Time:
1430

End Time:
TBC

Event title: Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None” (Audio Described Performance)
Venue: Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, Lichfield Street, Wolverhampton WV1 1DE
Weblink: https://www.grandtheatre.co.uk/
Name: Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
Email: vickyp@grandtheatre.co.uk
Telephone: 01902 429212
Event description: Note- The performance at 2.30 pm on Saturday 2nd October will have Audio Description. You can reserve and purchase tickets for any of our accessible performances via our Box Office, either in person or over the phone on 01902 42 92 12.

You can also book tickets at this link: https://www.grandtheatre.co.uk/whats-on/and-then-there-were-none/book/497644/
Click here to find out more about what to expect at an Audio Described performance: https://www.grandtheatre.co.uk/visually-impaired-2/

About the film: Ten strangers are lured to a solitary mansion off the coast of Devon. When a storm cuts them off from the mainland, the true reason for their presence on the island becomes horribly clear . . . “We are all being hunted.”

Directed by Lucy Bailey (Witness for the Prosecution, Love from a Stranger), this brand-new production of the bestselling crime novel of all time will keep you on the edge of your seat!

Everybody’s Talking about Jamie (Audio Described Performance)

Start Date:
9th October 2021

End Date:
9th October 2021

Start Time:
1430

End Time:
TBC

Event title: Everybody’s Talking about Jamie (Audio Described Performance)
Venue: Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, Lichfield Street, Wolverhampton WV1 1DE
Weblink: https://www.grandtheatre.co.uk/
Name: Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
Email: vickyp@grandtheatre.co.uk
Telephone: 01902 429212
Event description: The performance at 2.30 pm on Saturday 20th January will have Audio Description.

The smash-hit musical comes to Wolverhampton, featuring West End star Layton Williams, EastEnders’ much-loved Shane Richie as Hugo/Loco Chanelle and Shobna Gulati as Ray all reprising their roles from the critically acclaimed West End production.
Funny, fabulous and feelgood, this is the musical sensation for all the family and not to be missed!
Jamie New is sixteen and lives on a council estate in Sheffield. Jamie doesn’t quite fit in. Jamie is terrified about the future. Jamie is going to be a sensation.

Supported by his brilliant loving mum and surrounded by his friends, Jamie overcomes prejudice, beats the bullies and steps out of the darkness, into the spotlight.

With an original score of catchy pop tunes by lead singer-songwriter of The Feeling, Dan Gillespie Sells and writer Tom MacRae (Doctor Who), this brand-new musical will have everybody talking about Jamie for years to come.

Sixteen: the edge of possibility. Time to make your dreams come true.

The appearance of any particular cast member cannot be guaranteed.

Age Guidance: Recommended 12+ (Contains some strong language and mild sexual references)

Watch a trailer at this linkhttps://youtu.be/dYevjWmiMnU

To book tickets click here: https://www.grandtheatre.co.uk/whats-on/everybodys-talking-about-jamie/book/353046/

You can reserve and purchase tickets for any of our accessible performances via our Box Office, either in person or over the phone on 01902 42 92 12.

Click here to find out more about what to expect at an Audio Described performance: https://www.grandtheatre.co.uk/plan-your-visit/box-office/access-information/visually-impaired-2/

Birmingham Royal Ballet-The Nutcracker (Audio Described)

Start Date:
20th November 2021

End Date:
20th November 2021

Start Time:
1430

End Time:
TBC

Event title: Birmingham Royal Ballet-The Nutcracker (Audio Described)
Venue: Birmingham Hippodrome, Hurst Street, Southside, Birmingham B5 4TB
Weblink: https://www.birminghamhippodrome.com/
Name: Birmingham Hippodrome
Email: tickets@birminghamhippodrome.com
Telephone: 0121 689 1060
Event description: Birmingham Royal Ballet return to Birmingham Hippodrome with their evergreen production of The Nutcracker, part of Birmingham’s Christmas tradition since 1990.

Join young Clara as she is swept away into an enchanting winter wonderland of dancing snowflakes and a Sugar Plum Fairy. Her magical Christmas tree and her handsome prince with his army of toy soldiers are an unforgettable delight. In this most festive ballet, gigantic sets, lavish costumes, 60 dancers and a full orchestra combine to make the perfect Christmas treat for the entire family.

This world-famous production by Sir Peter Wright, with exquisite designs by John Macfarlane, is acclaimed as one of the best.

Concessions for patrons with disabilities:

  • £5 off standard price tickets in all seating areas.
  • 2 for 1 for disabled patrons who require the service/support of a companion.
  • Limited availability.

It is always best to book through our Access phone line 0121 689 1060 when booking assisted performances.

Touch Tours
For most audio-described performance we do, we have a Touch Tour that precedes the show. Touch Tours must be booked in advance through Ticket Sales. Times for the Touch Tours will be confirmed on booking. Our Touch Tours allow visually impaired patrons the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the set, props and costumes.

Assistance Dogs
If you have an assistance dog, please advise Box Office at the time of booking and they can then allocate the most appropriate seating for you or make adequate provision to care for your dog during the performance.

For information about Assisted Performances at Birmingham Hippodrome, click here: https://www.birminghamhippodrome.com/plan-your-visit/access/assistedperformances/

Blood Brothers (Audio Described)

Start Date:
6th November 2021

End Date:
6th November 2021

Start Time:
1430

End Time:
1740

Event title: Blood Brothers (Audio Described)
Venue: Birmingham Hippodrome, Hurst Street, Southside, Birmingham B5 4TB
Weblink: https://www.birminghamhippodrome.com/
Name: Birmingham Hippodrome
Email: tickets@birminghamhippodrome.com
Telephone: 0121 689 1060
Event description: This performance on Saturday 6th November at 2.30 pm is audio described.

Audio Described Performances:
Audio-description in theatre is a live verbal commentary on the visual elements of a production as it unfolds. The description gives only the essential information that a visually impaired patron might miss.

About the show: Written by Willy Russell, the legendary Blood Brothers tells the captivating and moving tale of twins who, separated at birth, grow up on opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with fateful consequences.

Few musicals have received quite such acclaim as the multi-award winning Blood Brothers. Bill Kenwright’s production surpassed 10,000 performances in London’s West End, one of only three musicals ever to achieve that milestone. It has been affectionately christened the ‘Standing Ovation Musical’, as inevitably it “brings the audience cheering to its feet and roaring its approval” (The Daily Mail).

The superb score includes Bright New Day, Marilyn Monroe and the emotionally charged hit Tell Me It’s Not True.

Concessions for patrons with disabilities:

  • £5 off standard price tickets in all seating areas.
  • 2 for 1 for disabled patrons who require the service/support of a companion.
  • Limited availability.

It is always best to book through our Access phone line 0121 689 1060 when booking assisted performances.

Touch Tours
For most audio-described performance we do, we have a Touch Tour that precedes the show. Touch Tours must be booked in advance through Ticket Sales. Times for the Touch Tours will be confirmed on booking. Our Touch Tours allow visually impaired patrons the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the set, props and costumes.

Assistance Dogs
If you have an assistance dog, please advise Box Office at the time of booking and they can then allocate the most appropriate seating for you or make adequate provision to care for your dog during the performance.

For information about Assisted Performances at Birmingham Hippodrome, click here: https://www.birminghamhippodrome.com/plan-your-visit/access/assistedperformances/