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Guide Dogs tee off in perfect style at Liberal Democrat Party Conference

20 Sep 2013

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg with Guide Dogs Campaigns staff Jennifer Keen and Rachael SmithGuide Dogs has won the award for Best Charity Stand at Liberal Democrat Party Conference for the third year in a row, making for a perfect start to their party conference season.

The charity’s ‘Street Clutter Crazy Golf Challenge’ proved irresistible for attendees at the Glasgow conference, attracting the likes of Nick Clegg and Ming Campbell who were both eager to compete against colleagues. Home Office Minister Jeremy Browne MP proved the best on the golf course scoring an impressive 8 holes in one. The final leaderboard contains over 30 MPs!

The stand is being used to publicise the charity’s Streets Ahead campaign which tackles issues affecting the accessibility of streets. The obstacles on the golf course are some of those most frequently encountered by blind and partially sighted people, such as parked cars on pavements, wheelie bins and overhanging branches. A recent survey by Guide Dogs revealed that 97% of pedestrians who are blind or partially sighted experience problems with street clutter; almost all of whom do so on a daily or weekly basis.

Guide Dogs is asking MPs to legislate to help tackle the issue of pavement parked vehicles which cause obstructions for many pedestrians including blind or partially sighted people, parents with prams, and wheelchair users. Councillors are also being encouraged to introduce A-Board licensing schemes on local high streets to improve accessibility.

Campaigns Manager James White said “Street clutter like parking on pavements and poorly positioned A-Boards make everyday living a nightmare for large numbers of  blind and partially sighted people. We are pleased that our Crazy Golf challenge allowed us to engage with more Liberal Democrat MPs, Peers, Councillors and delegates than ever before, and we look forward to following up on these conversations in the coming weeks.”

You can support the campaign by writing to your MP.



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