Guide Dogs in link with art students

Guide Dogs is teaming up with the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts in a campaign to make pavements safer for the visually impaired.

The charity is targeting local authorities and town planners to highlight the difficulties blind people have with modern ‘obstacle-littered' streets.

Special projects manager Chris Dyson said the Streets Ahead campaign would be launched on 6 October - the charity's 75th anniversary. The day is also within its annual Guide Dog Week (2-8 October).

RSA students will enter a street design competition, the results of which will be made available to planners after being judged next spring.

‘We are saying to town planners, "if you include features into street design that make it easier for visually impaired people, it means you take away the problem of having to incorporate them at a later date with an extra cost",' Dyson said.

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