Issue details

Access Control Barrier Review

Purpose of the Report: This report seeks approval of a new Access Control Barrier Policy for York based on a review which was completed during 2023. The objectives of the review were to undertake and audit of current access control measures across the council area, to research current guidance, legislation, and best practice, to formulate a policy to determine where barriers should and should not be installed and, in locations where they are deemed to be appropriate, which designs should be used. The final part of the review was formulation of a prioritisation methodology to enable the current non-compliant barriers to be removed or redesigned in a logical order.
Approximately 900 individual barriers or access controls were identified as part of the audit phase of the project of which almost three quarters were found to be non-compliant with current government guidance.

The Executive Member will be asked to: Approve adoption of the new guidance and prioritisation methodology as council policy which should be used going forwards to tackle existing
barriers and to influence future projects.

To ask officers to disseminate this guidance to other agencies in York who are responsible for their own barriers in order that they are aware of their duties under Equalities legislation and to ensure that barrier policy and designs are standardised across the council area.

Decision type: Non-key

Decision status: Decision Made

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 12/02/2024

Decision due: 12/03/24 by Decision Session - Executive Member for Transport

Lead member: Deputy Leader of the Council and Executive Member for Economy and Culture

Lead director: Corporate Director of Place

Department: Directorate of Place

Contact: Greg Morgan email:;

Consultation process

Engagement with stakeholder groups was undertaken at two stages during the review.
1. At the policy formulation stage in order that a general consensus could be reached to ensure as much buy-in as possible from stakeholders
2. At the prioritisation methodology formulation stage to ensure the most relevant factors were used.

Internal consultation has been undertaken with relevant council departments on the final policy to ensure we have a singular approach to any future projects.

Equality Impact Assessment Completed?: EIA will be considered as part of the report.


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