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Cllr Jack Scott – Blindfold Walk

SRSB was pleased to welcome Cllr Jack Scott, Cabinet Member for Environment, Recycling & Streetscene, Sheffield City Council to experience some of the problems caused by “street clutter” that blind and partially sighted people regularly encounter walking around in Sheffield.

On Thursday 9th October which is World Sight Day, Cllr Scott took a blindfold walk with a guide cane, setting off from SRSB's Mappin Street Centre for a walk on West Street.

Following the walk, Cllr Scott held a surgery for blind and partially sighted people at SRSB’s Mappin Street Centre from 12noon to 1:30pm, giving people the opportunity to raise any concerns or compliments regarding Sheffield City Council services and how they impact upon blind and partially sighted people, particularly issues such as highway clutter, street furniture and animal welfare.

Prior to the event, Cllr Jack Scott said: "I'm really pleased to be able to do this on World Sight Day. I know street clutter can be a real problem for blind and partially sighted people across the country. I want to make sure we are removing unnecessary signs, poles and masts as part of the Streets Ahead project.

"I'm looking forward to the surgery afterwards too, which will give people the opportunity to let us know what we're doing well and also where we need to take more action."

The story was featured on The Star website. Jack also appeared on Radio Sheffield to talk about his experience. The interview will be available for a few days on 'Listen Again' and starts at around 19.01. 



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