Getting together to challenge shared space

Post date: 
Friday, 13 October 2017
Category: 
On my street
Shared space

Last month we wrote to the Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling MP, asking for the Government’s response to the House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee report on improving access and inclusion in the built environment.

Shared space was high on the agenda of the report with the committee recommending that “the Government halt the use of such schemes pending the urgent replacement of the 2011 guidance on shared spaces”.

The committee’s position is strong, clear and fully in line with what blind and partially sighted people have been saying for some time: shared space is a cause for concern.

We still await a response from the Minister, but time is short. A shared space and cycling scheme development could be about to receive planning permission on a street near you. Permission once granted, can be hard to reverse.

The scale of the shared space problem is huge and affects all of us. We want to do everything we can to increase the pressure on the Government to change its approach. This includes more successful challenges at the local level up and down the country, actions that win lasting change rather than tire and frustrate.

We want to support you to successfully challenge and change a shared space near you. Whether you want to make a lot of noise or quietly meet and persuade your local council’s planning department, we’re here for you. Let’s get together and challenge shared space.

Call the Campaigns Hotline on 020 7391 2123 or check out our campaign resources for all you need to challenge shared space schemes in your area.