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More street hazards for disabled people

08 July 2020

In the Business and Planning Bill heading to the Lords next week, the rules for street furniture on pavements are being relaxed, to encourage alfresco eating. Councils will only need to publicise the proposed change on the patch of pavement it applies to, and give five working days for objections. For those with mobility issues or sight problems, the street furniture will cause navigation and social distancing challenges.

DR UK Head of Policy Fazilet Hadi said: “Whilst we understand the need for businesses to attract customers, this must be balanced with the needs of disabled and older people to feel confident moving around in their localities. It should be a requirement that notice of change should be digital as well as on the pavement. It should also be mandatory to properly cordon off the eating area and  to ensure that the remaining pavement width allows for social distancing.”