8:00pm Friday 18th January 2013
Diane Marks accurately lists the worries many people have raised regarding some aspects of changes to the Seven Dials about to be approved by Brighton and Hove City Council (Letters, January 15).
Although I have my own views about the advisability of many of the changes proposed, Diane’s letter is one that should not be ignored.
Many people will know Diane, a remarkable lady who is determined not to be considered in any way disabled, despite being blind.
With her wonderful guide dog to assist, Diane continues to advise, help and be a friend to other members of our community who do not feel as confident in their own ability.
Diane’s letter raises the situation of a blind or partially-sighted person continuing to use the many small shops at Seven Dials or use this as a direct route to other parts of the city.
This has always been a relatively safe area for blind people, the railings making the corners obvious and the audible pedestrian crossings ensuring people know when it is safe to cross.
Built-out areas on corners and a larger roundabout look to be an open invitation for many able- bodied people to take a short cut. I trust that will not happen. The responsibility for the administration is to every resident and visitor. I do ask that the representations made by Diane and those from other informed advisory groups are fully acknowledged before the changes likely to be agreed take place.
Ann Norman, Conservative Councillor, Withdean Ward, Brighton and Hove City Council
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