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Plans to make Guernsey's Little Chapel more accessible to disabled visitors

Included in the outside restoration work, will be refurbishment of the paths, steps and walkways. Credit: ITV Channel TV

Guernsey's Little Chapel will be made more accessible to people with disabilities as a priority according to those who run it.

The Little Chapel Foundation have already spent half a million pounds on renovating it and are now aiming to make the outside more user friendly.

Included in the outside restoration work, will be refurbishment of the paths, steps and walkways. The aim is allow wheelchair users to go inside the chapel through the front door and see inside.

They will not be able to go down the steps but the hope is that by refurbishing the car park to include disabled parking bays, it will encourage people with disabilities to visit.

The chairman of the foundation has said tourists from as far as Australia and New Zealand, who have visited on cruise ships, have not been able to go inside due to the lack of accessibility.

He says it is so important for it to be restored and made ready for people to visit.

It is in your heart but if you look in the visitors book it is in everyone's heart around the world. It is so, so important, it is a place of love, it is a place of rest, it is a place of tranquillity and we need to maintain that tranquillity and also look after all these visitors who want to see it as well.

– John Silvester, Chairman of the Little Chapel Foundation

With the first phase of work now completed in time for Easter, the chapel is now fully decorated with flowers.

The foundation are hoping that people will keep donating to its restoration, to make the garden outside an attraction for visitors in its own right.