Castle Court Freehold Limited is
aware that the building layout is difficult for a small number of
less mobile leaseholders.
Since acquiring the freehold during November
2004, Castle Court Freehold Limited has reviewed access arrangements and has provided additional hand-rails at certain locations.
The introduction of 24/7 on-site staff during April 2005
means that leaseholders can phone the site office anytime to ask
for reasonable assistance with opening doors etc.
Careful consideration has been given to the possibility
of providing a ramp at Castle Court.
Unfortunately the layout of the building is not compatible
with the various statutory requirements relating to disabled access
The limited space between front entrances to individual
houses and the public highway would not be sufficient to install
a ramp compliant with the various statutory requirements relating
to disabled access.
It is not practical to modify the entrance to either
the bin storage area or the office area to locate a ramp through
shrub/plant areas adjacent to either area as there are buried utility
services and drainage pipes located beneath these shrub/plant areas.
Access to these buried services and drainage pipes
must be maintained in case repair works are required to them,
particularly during an emergency. The construction of an external
access ramp would include foundations that would extend below the
depth of these buried services and drainage pipes.
Castle Court Freehold Limited recognize that some
leaseholders and residents would prefer to have a ramp than to continue
accessing the building via steps, but for the reasons given above
it is not practical to install a ramp at Castle Court.