Pony Axes in St Andrews

Fri 11 Aug 17

On the 28th and 31st July, Tourism St Andrews and PAMIS offered the Pony AxeS service to make our St Andrews beaches accessible to wheelchair users.

On the 31st July Jim Leishman Provost attended to meet with Members of Tourism St Andrews, PAMIS and Pony AxeS and PAMIS families to see the scheme in action. Pony AxeS has been making beaches accessible in Troon and Portobello, Broughty Ferry and Aberdeen.

The ibex - a pony pulled vehicle which allows users to remain in their wheelchairs - was based at the West Sands beach near the Bruce Embankment and the Kelpie Maquettes installation. Simon Mulholland and his pony Obama made our St Andrews beaches accessible and gave PAMIS families the opportunity to experience our beaches.

PAMIS who commissioned the tour were delighted to include St Andrews and make the beaches accessible. They also brought their Changing Places toilet (the mobiloo/changing places toilet) so all facilities can be provided on site. It is hoped that St Andrews may have a permanent changing places toilet installed shortly to align with all the other towns in Fife who all have at least one of these facilities.

Debbie MacCallum of Tourism St Andrews explained why they wanted to bring Pony AxeS to the town: "We want to make the beaches accessible to everyone and we need to start providing access. We hope that we will be able to make our beaches more accessible and inclusive over time and hope we can work with PAMIS and other organisations to achieve this."

"Pony AxeS is a great opportunity to give PAMIS families a chance to experience St Andrews and we hope Tourism St Andrews will be able to make steps to not only bring Pony AxeS back in 2018 but also provide beach wheelchairs and a changing places toilet in St Andrews."

Provost of Fife Jim Leishman said: "It’s been great to see the Pony AxeS project in action today. This is such a worthwhile initiative that ensures everyone has the opportunity to enjoy access to a fun day out at the beach, something a lot of us take for granted."

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