VIDEO: View ‘epic battle’ against shared space scheme

Sandy Taylor, left, hands over petition with 3,500 signatures at the Scottish Parliament to Michael McMahon, convenor of the public petitions committee.
Sandy Taylor, left, hands over petition with 3,500 signatures at the Scottish Parliament to Michael McMahon, convenor of the public petitions committee.

In her latest film, national campaigner Sarah Gayton speaks of the “absolutely epic battle” by disabled protestors in Kirkintilloch against East Dunbartonshire Council’s controversial ‘shared space’ scheme.

She also talks (13 minutes in) to Sandy Taylor of East Dunbartonshire Visually Impaired People’s Forum, who is leading the fight against the plans for the town centre, due to be set in motion in January.

Last year, the use of shared space road design in Britain was reported to the United Nations by the Equality and Human Rights Commission under Article 9 of the UN Convention on the rights of people with disabilities, in response to an earlier “Sea of Change” film by Sarah, which she said “shared the devastating impact of shared spaces on the lives of blind people in Britain.”

Mr Taylor said: “Perhaps people can take a few minutes to view the video to see what is proposed for Kirkintilloch and many other towns and cities throughout the country.

“It shows all that is wrong with shared space schemes. I hope people will agree that our campaign to stop these ridiculous schemes is worthwhile.”

East Dunbartonshire Council insists the shared space project will make the town centre “more attractive and accessible – not less”, by “striking a new balance between pedestrians, cyclists and drivers”.