Member of Parliament for Clacton

Douglas Carswell

19 OCT 2009

Backing RNIB's local campaign

The Royal National Institute for the Blind launched their latest campaign in Walton-on-the-Naze - and local MP, Douglas Carswell, was there to give it his support.

The initiative was launched in response to local concerns about the number of cars parked on pavements that then obstructed local people.  The nuisance particularly affects poorly sighted people and the blind.

This is a particular problem in Walton, which has some very narrow, pre-motor car streets.

The new campaign means that anyone parking their car in a way that proves obstructive is given three chances to move it - before action is taken.

"The key issue" says Douglas "is to make drivers aware that blocking narrow pavements can have serious consequences for blind people.  This campaign will ensure that people are made aware when there is a problem.

It is a good example of local people finding a local solution to an issue that particularly affects us here in Walton".

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