Keep pathways clutter free for blind people

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Street clutter such as irresponsibly placed shop advertising signs (A-boards) and cafe pavement furniture can obstruct and hamper a person’s progress on the street.

Keeping pathways clear is particularly crucial for the independence of people who are blind and partially sighted. A recent Guide Dogs survey for their Streets Ahead campaign showed A-boards and cafe furniture are both in the top ten most common street clutter items, acting as a real barrier to a person’s independence. Shockingly, 65% of those with sight loss have been injured by street clutter too. It also prevents wheelchair users and other vulnerable pedestrians from using the pavements with confidence.

Several local councils have already introduced measures to reduce unnecessary clutter. For example shops can use window adverts instead of multiple A-boards to entice customers and improve the street for pedestrians.

I would like The Star to join me in a campaign to ask Doncaster Council to introduce measures to tackle street clutter and ensure that our high street is fully accessible to those who are blind or partially sighted. Please email campaigns@guidedogs.org.uk for more information about their campaign and survey findings.

Stephanie Routledge

Lutterworth Drive, Doncaster, DN6 7DW