THE government has praised improvements which have made Gibraltar’s beaches more accessible.

The improvements include upgraded ramp access and synthetic walkways to the shore designed for mobile chairs.

Accessible toilets are available at most beaches and changing areas have been modified to accommodate an overhead hoist system at Eastern Beach, Camp Bay and the Bathing Pavilion.

Electronically adjustable beds for adults have also been installed in the changing place facilities.

A government statement said: “By making our beaches accessible, the quality of life for a lot of people has been improved.

“Previously, the beach was a place that many people with disabilities were unable to enjoy, thanks to the improvements done under this Government, this has now changed.”

Minister for Equality Samantha Sacramento said: “Going to the beach is part of the
summer culture for most Gibraltarian families and it was this Government’s vision to make our beaches as accessible as possible to all.

“It can be said that this project, which started in 2012, has transformed some of our beaches into accessible places for everyone to enjoy.

“Gibraltar has been at the forefront of providing accessible facilities at our beaches and bathing pavilion as this service is not as readily available elsewhere in Europe.

“This improvement to our beaches forms part of this Government’s holistic vision of making Gibraltar as accessible as possible and I can be proud to say that it is gradually becoming a reality.”