Sheffield streets ‘clutter’ to be removed

Good thing: Coun Mary Lea.
Good thing: Coun Mary Lea.
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UNNECESSARY ‘street clutter’ is to be removed in Sheffield to help make pavements easier to navigate for those who are blind or have dementia.

Under Sheffield Council’s £2 billion Streets Ahead contract, signs are to be replaced at the same time pavements and roads are resurfaced.

The council said efforts will be made to reduce the number of signs and posts standing in pedestrians’ way.

Removing street clutter could improve access around Sheffield.

Those with dementia can find the outside world confusing, and numerous street signs and other street furniture can add to that confusion, the council said.

The action is backed by the Alzheimer’s Society and Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind.

An Alzheimer’s Society spokesman said: “We are working closely with the council and others to create ‘Dementia Friendly Communities’ and welcome the Streets Ahead initiative as a positive step forward to improving the lives of people with dementia.”

Steve Hambleton, Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind chief executive, said: “Street clutter is a problem we have been fighting for years.

“We are supportive of what the council is planning to do. However, problems still need to be tackled – such as the number of businesses which put signs on pavements.”

Coun Mary Lea, Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for health, care and independent living, said: “If we can help by making the lives of Sheffield people just that little bit easier that can only be a good thing.

“It is vital all people are able to access the same community facilities and maintain their social networks. We’re excited to be transforming our streets into safe, well lit and well signed areas.”

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