Prime Minister responds to our ‘Walk the Walk’ Petition

Walk The Walk Petition Downing Street Delivery

23 September 2014

In July we delivered a petition signed by 5287 people asking the Prime Minister to undertake a blindfold walk. This would be so he can learn about the everyday obstacles people with sight loss face when walking down our cluttered streets.

David Cameron has responded, expressing his appreciation for the campaign and acknowledging the problems that street clutter and poor street design cause to all pedestrians.

James White, Campaigns Manager at Guide Dogs said:

"Thank you to the thousands of people who signed our petition. This strength of feeling helped us to ensure the Prime Minister, in his words, 'fully understands' our concerns. We will continue with our campaign to ensure the UK's streets are accessible for all blind and partially sighted people, and I'd ask everyone to support our current activity aimed at stopping inconsiderate pavement parking."

Support our Streets Ahead campaign by taking our online action to put a stop to pavement parking!

The letter from the Prime Minister also highlighted what action the Government has taken, by reminding local authorities of the need to get rid of unnecessary street furniture and other hazards. The Prime Minister informed us that Baroness Kramer, Minister for Transport, has written to local authorities to remind them of their powers to tackle pavement parking.

Read the full letter PDF version (44KB)

Word version (27KB)