Jess Phillips MP headshotJess Phillips Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley


February 14, 2017 - 12:05pm By: OfficeTeam

Yardley MP Jess Phillips took a blindfolded walk with the charity Guide Dogs to experience the difficulties there can be for people with sight loss getting around town. 
During the blindfolded walk, Jess quickly learnt how important features such as kerbs and controlled crossings are for visually impaired people to get around safely. However as 'shared spaces' become more common in towns, important features like kerbs are lost and town centres are becoming increasingly inaccessible to visually impaired people.
She also discovered how dangerous pavement parking really can be for people with sight loss, as well as parents with pushchairs, wheelchairs users and other disabled people. 
Jess Phillips MP said:
"After being blindfolded, I can appreciate how disorientating it must be to not have features like kerbs and how scary it is being forced to walk in to oncoming traffic because of pavement parking."
"I think it's vital that guidance is updated to reflect the dangers of shared spaces for blind and partially sighted people, and that legislation is put in place to give local authorities the power to deal effectively with problem pavement parking"

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