Views sought on initiative for improving the shopping experiences of people with disabilities

Published: Thursday, 13 December 2018

Residents, businesses and visitors to the town are invited to share their ideas about Purple Tuesday, a new national initiative aimed at improving the shopping experiences of people with disabilities.

People can share their thoughts about how they would like to see the initiative run in Northampton by taking part in Northampton Borough Council’s short online survey. In addition, responders will get a chance to share what they feel would make a difference in the town, to them personally.

The survey was launched on Monday, 3 December during a public event celebrating International Day for People with Disabilities and it is now being roll-out more widely via the Borough Council’s website.

Councillor Anna King, Cabinet member for community engagement and safety, said: “Improving the town environment is a top priority for the Council and people’s shopping experience is very much part of this.

“Purple Tuesday is a fantastic initiative that takes place, once a year on 13 November. It is a great way of recognising the importance and needs of shoppers who have a disability and to promote inclusivity.

“To help us as we start to pull together plans for introducing it in Northampton during 2019, we encourage as many people as possible to take part in the survey. In particular we are keen to hear from individuals with disabilities, impairments and health problems that may make shopping in a town centre more challenging.”

Take part in the Purple Tuesday online survey here.