East Dunbartonshire MP supports clearing up pavement clutter

Jo Swinson supporting Guide Dogs charity
Jo Swinson supporting Guide Dogs charity

A drive to declutter pavements across Britain has won the backing of East Dunbartonshire MP Jo Swinson.

The Guide Dogs charity recently published a survey which found that 97 per cent of blind or partially sighted people found items like parked cars, advertising boards and wheelie bins left on pavements a daily or weekly problem.

More worryingly, 57 per cent had suffered an injury due to clutter, with 9 per cent needing medical treatment.

At the recent Liberal Democrat conference the charity hosted a mini golf course demonstrating the assault course people with guide dogs have to negotiate every time they go to the shops.

Ms Swinson said: “This was a fun way to spread this serious message. 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.”

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