National charity Guide Dogs UK is calling on the Government and local authorities to take action to protect blind and partially-sighted people in the community. Local MP, Toby Perkins, met with them at the Labour Party conference to support their campaign.
Toby said, “I have been pushing for stronger legislation to reduce the obstructions and hazards encountered by blind people on our streets for many years. Pavements blocked by parked cars, wheelie bins and overhanging branches can force blind and partially-sighted people into the road, putting them in danger of being hit by a car.”
To illustrate the risks that blind and partially-sighted people experience every day, Guide Dogs asked Toby to take a trip down memory lane and play their ‘Navigation Game’ – a take on the classic final challenge of the Generation Game – memorising the hazards that a guide dog owner might encounter on a typical journey.
Toby said, “These activities cannot replicate the anxiety caused to blind and partially-sighted people who are put at risk on our streets, but it can help politicians to understand the dangers and the impact on them. I will continue to do all I can to ensure all of my constituents can navigate our town in a safe manner.”