Equality News Update: Angus Council improves street conditions for blind residents

Angus Council has introduced a street charter to improve street safety for residents with sight loss.

Scotland’s biggest sight loss charities has helped create a street charter to improve safety for partially sighted people in the Angus Council area.

The charter aims to reduce the number of street hazards that can be dangerous for residents with sight loss. The most common hazards, according to RNIB Scotland and Guide Dogs Scotland, include advertising boards, bollards, bins, cars parked on pavements and shared space schemes.

RNIB surveyed a number of blind and partially sighted people and a third said they had been injured by bumping into things on the pavement as they walked along.

The survey also revealed that some people felt so afraid of injury that they chose to stay at home rather than go outside.

Councillor Bill Duff, member of the roads and planning council committees, said: “Angus Council has a number of measures that can be taken to ensure that pavements are uncluttered and unnecessary obstructions are controlled.”

 

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https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/moray/1305300/work-completed-on-houses-for-dementia-sufferers-in-elgin/

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lewisbainbridge

Information and Communications Assistant at Fife Centre for Equalities