Clear up the high street

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I am very disappointed at the level of ‘street clutter’ on the high street recently.

Street clutter such as irresponsibly placed shop advertising signs (A-Boards) and pavement cafe furniture can obstruct and hamper a person’s progress on the street. Retailers need to realise that street clutter items such as these are major obstacles for pedestrians, especially those that are blind or partially sighted.

A recent survey by Guide Dogs for their Streets Ahead campaign showed 97% of those with sight loss experience problems with street clutter regularly. A decluttered high street not only makes it a safer place for those who are blind or partially sighted, but also a nicer, more inviting place for all shoppers.

I would like your paper to join me in a campaign to ask the council to tackle poorly placed A-Boards and pavement cafe furniture so that our high street pavements can be reclaimed for pedestrians!

Please email for more information about their campaign and survey findings.

Karen Kilner