Elaine & Henry, Jean & I went to the Food Fair on Patrick Street last Sunday. The day was dry but not sunny and there was a festive air about the city center. The street had been pedestrianised and a stage erected at the northern end with food stalls lining both sides of the street away from the stage. Music by Brass & Co was belting out and added to the atmosphere. Portaloos were provided adjacent to the stage area. Public toilet facilities are not to be found in abundance in the city center with the only wheelchair accessible one being on Grand Parade. The larger shops and restaurants have facilities that are accessible. I went to check Debenhams facilities and discovered the following; the gents wheelchair toilet is accessible, the key is in the nearby restaurant, the staff are helpful and there is no toilet seat. A toilet is low and cold without a seat. I spoke to Edwina, the weekend Duty Manager, who assured me that it would be rectified immediately. I will visit it again in a couple of weeks and report back.
I had noticed on previous visits that the seat was missing but for various reasons never got around to making a complaint and obviously nobody else complained either. It is plain to see that if something is wrong and nobody brings it to the attention of the management it will never be rectified but a quiet word is all it needs sometimes. I think that Irish people in general don’t complain enough and if they did things would change for the better. There are a number of earlier blogs about Cork and its accessibility and it scores highly. This was a thoroughly enjoyable outing.