Resurfaced pavements have changed my life

I am registered blind but have a little vision and am able to go out with the aid of a white cane with which I feel the ground.

Wednesday, 9th March 2016, 2:12 pm
Updated Wednesday, 9th March 2016, 2:16 pm

The streets near me are not tree-lined but the pavement surfaces have deteriorated with wear and tear, and it is no exaggeration to say that my life has been transformed by the council’s recent resurfacing of pavements in the area.

I now go out feeling confident that the surface is level and consequently walk further and faster, improving my physical fitness and quality of life.

Occasionally during my walks I come across stretches of pavement where tree roots have forced up the paving, sometimes necessitating a dangerous diversion on to the road.

If trees are not to be felled I hope action can be taken to repair pavement damage caused by tree roots,but fear that because of Government cuts to the council budget this will not be possible.

Has the Nether Edge Neighbourhood Group which ‘seeks to improve the lives of those living or working in its community’ given any consideration to the accessibility of pavements in its tree-lined streets to people with visual or physical impairments?

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