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Chester scoops top award for 'going above and beyond' to welcome disabled people

Congratulations to Chester on award for disabled access Credit: PA

The city of Chester has won a major EU award for its work in welcoming disabled people. The Lord Mayor Councillor Angela Claydon says everyone should feel very 'chuffed' about it.

It's called the European Access City Award and is presented to the city which is making an effort - above and beyond - to be accessible and welcoming to people with disabilities.

In all 43 cities from 21 EU Member States applied for the Award

The six other finalists were:

  • Alessandria (Italy)
  • Funchal (Portugal)
  • Jūrmala (Latvia)
  • Lugo (Spain)
  • Rotterdam (The Netherlands)
  • Skellefteå (Sweden)

Chester could win major EU award for welcoming people with disabilities

Chester could be in line for award Credit: PA

The city of Chester is on a shortlist for a major EU award for its work in welcoming disabled people.

It's called the European Access City Award and is presented to the city which is making an effort - above and beyond - to be accessible and welcoming to people with disabilities.

There are seven cities on the shortlist. In all 43 cities from 21 EU Member States applied for the Award and national juries selected 28 for the European phase.

The award will be presented later today during a conference to celebrate the Day of Persons with Disabilities. In addition to the winner, there will be second and third prize plus special mentions (smart cities, access to employment and commitment to improvement).

The seven finalist cities are

  • Alessandria (Italy)
  • Chester (United Kingdom)
  • Funchal (Portugal)
  • Jūrmala (Latvia)
  • Lugo (Spain)
  • Rotterdam (The Netherlands)
  • Skellefteå (Sweden)

The Access City Award 2017 is organised by the European Commission together with the European Disability Forum. It recognises and celebrates cities for their efforts to make it easier for disabled and older people to gain access to public areas such as housing, children’s play areas, public transport or communication technologies.

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