Campaigners against shared space roads head to Westminster on 24th April 2018

The National Federation of the Blind of the UK along with Transport for All and other charities are heading to Westminster on the 24th April 2018 to Petition Number 10 on the problems of shared space roads and the impact they are having on people with disabilities and vulnerable pedestrians. Find out how to join them.

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A message from the Shared Space Coordinator at National Federation of the Blind of the UK 

The National Federation of the Blind of the UK (NFBUK) along with Transport for All and other charities are heading to Westminster on the 24th April 2018 to Petition Number 10 on the problems of shared space roads and the impact they are having on people with disabilities and vulnerable pedestrians. The timing of the petition is to mark the first anniversary of the publication of the Women and Equalities Select Committee Report ‘Building for Equality – Disability and the Urban Environment’ which condemned the use of shared space roads; it called for the schemes to be halted, all existing schemes to be reviewed and modified, and for the underlying Guidance for shared space to be withdrawn and replaced with inclusive design guidance.

The Government’s recent response to the recommendations to the Women and Equalities Select Committee Report is simply not good enough and does not address the concerns raised by the report. The petition is to ask for the urgent implementation of the recommendations made in the Women and Equalities Select Committee Report to bring a halt to shared space.

If you could please support by joining our campaign team on the 24th April 2018 outside Westminster at Old Palace Yard from, I would be very grateful. The timings are given below and if you can support at any time during this period, we would be very grateful.

We have asked the MPs from the Women and Equalities Select Committee and Transport Select Committee to join us and petitioners are also asking their MPs to join as well. Some have already agreed, which is a positive start. If you could also ask your MPs to see if they have time to meet us, it would be very helpful. There is a template letter below which you can use if you would like to. It is an opportunity to explain to them first hand the problems of shared space roads and why we are not happy with the Governments response to Women and Equalities Select Committee report and the urgent need for action on this issue. It is also timely as the Women and Equalities have to respond to the Government’s response and this is an opportunity to further raise concerns on this issue. Your help is greatly appreciated.

The timings for the Event are:

11.00 Start arriving at Old Palace Yard, Westminster

11.15 Meet MPs, interested people in our campaign and hopefully the media

11.50 Proceed to Number 10

12.00 Number 10 to hand in petitions.

If you need any further information or sighted assistance from Westminster please email sarahgayton@yahoo.co.uk or phone 07903 155858
Shared Space Coordinator, National Federation of the Blind of the UK, https://www.nfbuk.org/

Template Letter for MPs

Your Right Hon

I would be very grateful if you have a window of opportunity to meet with me and fellow campaigners, who will be outside Westminster who would like to talk with you about the ongoing problems of shared space road design. It is the one year anniversary of the publication of the Women and Equalities Select Committee Report on ‘Building for Equality – Disability and the Urban Environment’ report which called for shared space road schemes to be halted, for all schemes to be reviewed and modified and the underlying guidance for shared space to be removed and replaced with inclusive Guidance. The recent response by the Government to the report is simply not good enough and we are requesting the full implementation of the Women and Equalities Select Committee Report recommendations on shared space.

The evidence submitted to the inquiry was overwhelming on the problems being faced by disabled and vulnerable people in the schemes and the ongoing discrimination blind, partially sighted, disabled and vulnerable pedestrians are facing in these schemes cannot be tolerated. Urgent action is required if we are to stop disabled people being designed out of their own high streets through poor urban design and to ensure existing schemes are audited and modified to allow independent access for all to their town and city centres.

There will be a number of petitions being handed in on the day to ask the Government to implement the recommendations of the Women and Equalities Select Committee Report and we wanted to give you an opportunity to find out more about why we felt we had to take this action. I really hope that you will have time to meet me and other campaigners from across the UK please and I detailed the times below, I or fellow campaigner will be around Westminster and Number 10 if you can make it.

Thank you very much for taking the time to read our request and hope to met your shortly at Westminster.

Kindest regards

Opportunities To Meet Campaigners

11.15am
Campaigners will be at Old Palace Yard, Westminster – Police Approved
To meet MPs to explain problems with shared space roads for people with disabilities

11.50am
Proceed to Number 10
MPs are more than welcome to come with us

12.00 Midday
Arrive Number 10.
Number of petitioners outside Number 10 for 2 hours waiting for their petition time.
If MPs cannot make 11.15 they can to meet us hear until 2.00pm.

12.00 to 2.00 pm
Petitions to be handed into Number 10

2.00 to 4.30pm
Opportunities exist to meet with campaigners in and around London and this can be arranged.

Please email sarahgayton@yahoo.co.uk or phone 07903 155858
Shared Space Coordinator, National Federation of the Blind of the UK, https://www.nfbuk.org/