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Dacorum DC is being accused of applying the Disability Discrimination Act ...
Dacorum DC is being accused of applying the Disability Discrimination Act

too assiduously and putting a jazz club out of business, BBC Radio Four's

Today programme reported this morning.

The Bluenote jazz club used to meet in the cellar of the old town hall in

Hemel Hempstead. But following work to refurbish the town hall and improve

disabled access, the council says the club cannot meet in the cellar, which

has no disabled access. Instead it has offered the use of the theatre, but

the club told Today this is not suitable. The club accused the council of

discriminating against able bodied people, Today heard.

Dacorum DC has issued the following statement:

'The Blue Note Jazz Club currently has a regular booking in the Cellar.

To comply with the Disability Discrimination Act and to stick to the spirit of

the council's policy of making services and facilities available for everyone, significant investment is being made to create a theatre space which has proper wheelchair access.

'We have managed to do this whilst respecting the listed status of the building.

We are not able to acheieve the same accessibility for the Cellar space at the

Old Town Hall where the Club currently has performances. It was therefore decided that the council would no longer promote use of the cellar space for public events.

'We are happy to offer the Blue Note Jazz Club the newly accessible theatre space

for their performances once the access project is complete. We have already met with them to make this offer and believed we were still in discussion with them over this.'

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