Coun Chris Rosling-Josephs told the planning board: “If I was part of a disabled group I would be boycotting this. There are solutions to this and nobody has thought outside the box.

“A lot of disabled people may want to use this facility. There’s technology that converts a set of stairs into a lift and this needs looking at.”

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Councillors Bob McCann, Adam Hirst and Peter Garbutt agreed. Coun Garbutt said: “People routinely meet these barriers and are told it’s too difficult to provide disabled access. I know this is an old building but it’s a human rights issue.”

Councillors agreed the salon can open but said they want the owners to reconsider the access.

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