Redevelopment of Coleraine Leisure Centre - Additional considerations
S75 Equality And Good Relations Screening Form
Redevelopment of Coleraine Leisure Centre
Generally speaking people can fall into more than one Section 75 category. Taking this into consideration, are there any potential impacts of the function, service, policy, procedure, project, strategy, plan or guidance on people with multiple identities? (For example: disabled minority ethnic people, disabled women, young Protestant men, young lesbians, gay and bisexual people.)
Inherited identities (based on gender, skin colour, class background, etc.), and in some cases achieved ones (e.g., through migration or professional mobility), cannot be voluntarily dismissed. There is evidence that multiple identities may provide a pathway to gain social support and positively influence individuals' well-being (Walter et al., 2015).
The consultation process will support input and feedback from individuals with multiple identities. Interaction with individuals with multiple identities to date has not raised any additional concerns, although this will be considered as part of the review process detailed in the monitoring section.
Prior to the final design being approved, there will be additional consultation with the opportunity for individuals to respond to the concept design.
Provide details of data on the impact of the function, service, policy, procedure, project, strategy, plan or guidance on people with multiple identities. Specify the relevant Section 75 categories concerned.
The consultation process for this project raised no issues with regards to multiple identities.
The redevelopment of Coleraine Leisure Centre will positively impact on people with multiple identities due to the openness and welcoming environment, the centre hopes to create. Although, previous consultation did not specifically ask respondents if the identified as having multiple identities, one can infer that each respondent fits into multiple categories.
This screening process has determined neutral and positive impacts across all Section 75 categories.
Is there an opportunity to better promote positive attitudes towards disabled people by altering this function, service, policy, procedure, project, strategy, plan or guidance?
If yes, please give further information and examples:
The project team has already taken steps to promote inclusion through the design and layout of Coleraine Leisure Centre; and also through the provision of some play equipment suitable for those with disabilities to allow family groups with and without disabilities to interact and socialise in the same area.
As highlighted above there may be further opportunities to promote attitudes towards disabled people which are to be identified through further targeted consultation prior to final design.
Is there an opportunity to encourage participation by disabled people in public life by altering this function, service, policy, procedure, project, strategy, plan or guidance?
Please give further information and examples:
As highlighted above there may be further opportunities to encourage participation by disabled people which are to be identified through further / broader consultation prior to final design and targeted interventions by Council’s Sports Development, Community Development and Events Teams.
If the decision is to subject the policy to an equality impact assessment (i.e. likely impact – Major), please provide details of the reasons for this:
If the decision is not to conduct an equality impact assessment (i.e. likely impact = Minor) the Council should consider if the policy should be mitigated or an alternative policy be introduced:
Whilst a full EQIA is not required for this project, the final design should be subjected to further consultation with disability user groups, including Disability Sport NI etc.
If the decision is not to conduct an equality impact assessment (i.e. likely impact = None), please provide details of the reasons for this:
When the Council concludes that the likely impact is ‘Minor’ and an equality impact assessment is not to be conducted, the Council may consider mitigation to lessen the severity of any equality impact, or the introduction of an alternative policy to better promote equality of opportunity or good relations.
Can the policy/decision be amended or changed or an alternative policy introduced to better promote equality of opportunity and/or good relations?
If YES, give the reasons to support your decision, together with the proposed changes/amendments or alternative policy:
Council has been proactive and adapted design plans to incorporate feedback from consultees in line with best practice and current regulations to support inclusion and target underrepresented groups. Council will revisit suitability of leisure centre provision, during final design phase.
Timetabling And Prioritising
If the policy/decision has been ‘screened in’ for equality impact assessment, then please answer the following questions to determine its priority for timetabling the equality impact assessment.
On a scale of 1 to 3, with 1 being the lowest priority and 3 the highest, assess the policy in terms of its priority for equality impact assessment.
Priority Criterion Rating (1 to 3)
Effect on equality of opportunity and good relations N/A
Social Need N/A
Effect on people’s daily lives N/A
Relevance to the Council’s functions N/A
Please outline proposals for future monitoring of the policy/decision:
The OBC includes monitoring and evaluation requirements to ensure benefits are fully realised:
• Council will commission an independent review of the performance monitoring of the project against its aims and objectives and make a budget provision of £50k over the first five years of operation.
• Council will be responsible for a Project Implementation Review that will assess the efficiency and effectiveness of the project procurement and management arrangements. Any lessons learned will be shared with other funders and departments.
• Council will undertake a post project review and evaluation once the construction phase has been completed and the new centre is operational.
• Annual monitoring information will be collated and provided to an independent body to conduct a Post Project Evaluation (PPE) at the end of the five years’ benefits realisation period
If any of the monitoring and evaluation reviews determine an issue, steps will be taken to mitigate the impact.