Challenge is an eye-opener

A man who is registered blind challenged his borough councillor to walk around his neighbourhood using a white stick and vision-limiting glasses – and the experience proved a real eye-opener for Maureen Flint.

Chris Watt, of Hetchleys, took Maureen on a tour from his home to the nearby Gadebridge shops in order to show her the potential hazards faced by those with disabilities. These include cars parked on pavements, A-boards, uneven paving and overgrown trees.

Chris Watt shows Dacorum Borough councillor Maureen Flint what it is like to be blind.

Chris Watt shows Dacorum Borough councillor Maureen Flint what it is like to be blind.

Mr Watt said: “This is about pedestrians claiming back the pavements. The problems don’t just affect blind people but those using wheelchairs or even pushchairs. The bottom line is safety.” Councillor Flint said: “We want to build awareness of the hazards out there for people who need a clear way. I was aware there were things around me but I had to go right up to them before I could sense them.”