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.
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.”