Rachel Reeves

Member of Parliament for Leeds West

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Supporting 'Streets Ahead' Campaign`

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Rachel saw the fun side of the Labour Party Conference by negotiating the street clutter on the 'Guide Dogs’ mini golf course' to raise awareness of their Streets Ahead campaign on keeping streets free from clutter.

Street clutter, such as shop advertising boards and wheelie bins, is a major problem for pedestrians. It is dangerous and disorientating for blind and partially sighted people – a recent Guide Dogs survey found 97% of visually impaired respondents reported finding it a problem on a daily or weekly basis, 57% had suffered an injury from street clutter and 9% had to receive medical treatment.

To tackle cars parked on pavements, the most common concern, Guide Dogs is campaigning for a nationwide law prohibiting pavement parking. This will help get rid of this barrier to mobility and encourage blind and partially sighted people to get out and about on their own.

Rachel said “This was a fun way to spread this serious message. Street clutter has the potential to deter blind and partially sighted people from leaving home alone and I am happy to support Guide Dogs’ call for safer pedestrian footpaths.”

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