The voice of blind and partially sighted campaigners has been recognised by Liverpool Council as it finally passes a motion agreeing to adopt a Street Charter.
With support and resources from RNIB’s “Who put that there!” campaign, our volunteer Louise took the idea of a Street Charter to her local councillor who agreed to work on improving Liverpool’s street accessibility.
A Street Charter is a document that shows commitment from a council to make sure a space is accessible.
Street Charters need to be flexible so they take into account the local geography and features of an area, while being shaped by the knowledge of people who rely upon kerbs, tactile paving and crossings to get around.
Since her councillor agreed to the Street Charter, Louise has coordinated local campaign efforts. She has been working with RNIB, Guide Dogs, Bradbury Fields, and the Corporate Access Forum, to ensure the council follows through with its commitment.
All the hard work paid off in the official announcement of the Street Charter along with an agreement to support an implementation plan to make it a reality, which will be monitored by the Neighborhood Select Committee.
This is an excellent win for blind and partially sighted people in Liverpool. We will continue to monitor the implementation of the Charter.
This is a Campaign Update from the January 2018 issue of Connect magazine, issue number 18.