The council is the first in the UK to launch their ‘Street Charter’, which was developed alongside RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People), Hull Access Improvement Group, Hull and East Riding Institute for the Blind, and Hull and East Riding Visually Impaired Forum.
The Charter aims to address the growing problem of street obstacles; bollards, advertising boards, bins, cars parked on pavements, and ‘shared space’ schemes.
Survey results published in RNIB’s ‘Who put that there’ report last year revealed that a third of blind and partially sighted people across the UK had injured themselves when walking around their local areas. Overall, 95 per cent of people said that they had collided with an obstacle. The estimated number of people living with sight loss in East Riding is 12,220.
Since then RNIB and disabled campaigners have called on local authorities to review their streets policies and to consult with local disabled people on what changes they most want to see.
Tracy Dearing, Regional Campaigns Officer for Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “We are delighted that Hull City Council has launched its Street Charter.
“When decision makers take steps to understand how blind and partially sighted people navigate the streets, they help towards tackling one of the biggest barriers faced today by people with sight loss.”
Councillor Martin Mancey, Cabinet Member responsible for highways, transport and the environment, said: “We are thrilled to be the first local authority to develop a Street Charter alongside disabled people. We are committed to developing and creating environments that are accessible, allowing everyone to enjoy our City throughout the cultural events of 2017 and beyond.”
For more information visit www.rnib.org.uk/onmystreet