City of Nowy Dwór Mazowiecki (Poland)
Nowy Dwór Mazowiecki (NDM) is located 34 km north of Warsaw, with good road, rail, river and, more recently air transport links. The city lies on 3 rivers: Vistula, Narew and Wkra. The area of the city covers 28 sq. km, 11,7% of which are green areas. The city is divided into 8 districts.
Nowy Dwór Mazowiecki is an important economic district in the region. The main assets of the city are the tourism and recreation development capability and well trained human resources.
Within the city of NDM there are several buildings of historical importance, including buildings and areas under the protection of heritage conservation and listed in the historic buildings register. The city itself was founded in 1374. The main tourist attraction of the city is the Modlin Fortress, founded by the order of Napolean in 1806 and built during 1811-1812. It is one of the biggest fortresses in Europe.
The city is ideally located on a network of main national roads. There is a railway line going through the city, ensuring connections with other national lines. The bus service complements the rail service with a bus terminal conveniently located next to the railway terminal. Recently a new airport in Modlin has been opened which serves as a regional airport in addition to nearby Warsaw airport.
Actual state of accessibility-work
All issues regarding the accessibility of public spaces within the city are the responsibility of the Nowy Dwór Mazowiecki City Hall. There are several departments within the City Hall dealing with transport and infrastructure planning issues with regard to accessibility: Social Issues Department, Public Utility Department, Planning and Investment Department, Funding Department. Also City Guards are engaged in some scope to work on accessibility of public spaces.
Representatives of local PRM associations are also involved to some extent in accessibility work within the city. These organisations include Children’s Friends Society – Children and Youth Physically Handicapped Branch (among others providing assistance to children coming from low-income families, children with chronic illnesses and disabilities), Polish Association of the Blind, Pensioners and Annuitants Association (national association dealing with respecting rights of elderly and handicapped/disabled and providing support to improve the quality of their lives), Public Assistance Office (deals with issues regarding people with disabilities, elderly, with low income and assistance to families; provides financial and social support). There are also local active mothers with children and big support is given by the local media. All the above mentioned departments and organisations took an active role in the work of the ISEMOA Team.
Regarding the overall state of accessibility it can be concluded that work on accessibility in the city is not very systematic, however there are single projects under development. There isn’t also a single dedicated department within the City Hall which works only on accessibility, but the tasks are spread among several of them, there are also some budget restrictions which can limit the initiatives. There is a strong and motivated environment of PRM organisations and also a big support from the local authorities.
The city of Nowy Dwór Mazowiecki is looking to improve their capacity regarding accessibility matters, especially dealing with the needs of elderly and people having difficulties in moving around. The city authorities are highlighting the importance of participating in the ISEMOA project and implementing the schemes in order to introduce, at a later stage, some important measures which will have an impact on better planning and therefore more optimal realisation process of infrastructure projects. The ISEMOA team was very well balanced including good representation from both the users (Children's Friends Society - Children and Youth Physically Handicapped Branch, Polish Association of the Blind, local active mothers with children) and providers (City Hall: Deputy Mayor, Social Issues Dept., Public Utility Dept., Planning and Investment Dept., Funding Dept., City Guards) and also local media.
The outcomes of the audit proved that the city’s strong points include the definition of preconditions and work on the policy. The aspects in the fields of monitoring and evaluation and implementation of projects as well as strategy issues need to be improved. According to these weaknesses an Action Plan was developed, which included measures and activities aiming at improving the work on accessibility aspects in the city.
Quotes of local stakeholders
“We are very proud and glad that the topic of accessibility was raised and the ISEMOA project was implemented in our city. We had a chance to look at accessibility from different perspectives. Until now we did not have such a broad view on this issue. We consider the presence of external auditors very helpful as they were not involved in the work of the City Hall on a daily basis and were able to show us the right direction.” (Representative of Nowy Dwór Mazowiecki City Hall)
“We had a chance to share our problems to a wider forum. We were assured by the authorities that now if there is a new project/investment, the needs of all PRM groups will be taken into account. We are happy that as a result of ISEMOA team meetings an Accessibility Team has been created which will meet on a regular basis. The only drawback might be the funds required to carry out the projects.” (Representative of PRM association from the ISEMOA team)
“We could raise awareness on many problems and issues regarding accessibility issues, for example the necessity to create a common public transport schedule. The idea originated during ISEMOA meetings and reflected the needs of all stakeholders.” (Representative of local media)
“We are glad that during the ISEMOA project implementation the common, for different transport modes, time schedule was developed which makes the use of our services easier.” (Representative of local transport company)