Streets Ahead with Guide Dogs’

Guide Dogs’ created fun at this year’s Labour party conference by challenging individuals to putt around street clutter on their mini golf course raising awareness of their Streets Ahead campaign on keeping streets free from clutter.Anne Begg

Street clutter, such as shop advertising boards and wheelie bins, is a real blight on the UK streetscape and a major problem for pedestrians. It is dangerous and disorientating for blind and partially sighted people – a recent Guide Dogs survey found 97% of visually impaired respondents reported finding it a problem on a daily or weekly basis, 57% had suffered an injury from street clutter and 9% had to receive medical treatment.

To tackle cars parked on pavements, the most common concern, Guide Dogs is campaigning for a nationwide law prohibiting pavement parking, unless specifically permitted, as currently in place in Greater London. This will help get rid of this barrier to mobility and encourage blind and partially sighted people to get out and about on their own.

Dame Anne said “This was a fun way to spread this serious message and I scored two holes in one!

“Street clutter has the potential to deter blind and partially sighted people from leaving home alone and I am happy to support Guide Dogs’ call for safer pedestrian footpaths.”