HUNT VEHICLES BLOCK FOOTPATH
Once again several individuals involved with a hunt in Clonmellon on the border between Meath and Westmeath lack the foresight to park their vehicles somewhere other than on a footpath where their vehicles hinder members of the public from using the public footpath. This practice is commonplace in Clonmellon every time their is a hunt on. As can be seen from the images below a person wheeling a pram or somebody in a wheelchair or worse still a person with little or no vision would have difficulty passing these vehicles without the need for stepping onto the road.
NCBI’s #Clear our Paths campaign was launched 13th May. The campaign urges members of the public to think about the obstacles on our footpaths that make safe and independent travel difficult for people with sight loss. These include cars parked on footpaths, wheelie bins, election posters, overhanging branches, dog litter and bicycles tied to poles. Obstacles such as these can lead to injury and make each journey more difficult for someone with low or no vision.
Members of the public are largely unaware of the implications of their actions. For example, parking on a footpath for a quick dash into the shop leaves a person who is blind or vision impaired with no other choice but to walk out onto the road and into an unfamiliar and unsafe space.
Watch our video showing the difficulties that people with impaired vision face on a daily basis, as they try to navigate their way through towns and cities countrywide: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-aTsSn6_KI
The sole aim of our campaign is to encourage everyone to play their part and keep footpaths clear of temporary obstacles which have a significant negative impact on the almost 55,000 people living with sight loss in Ireland. Simple actions such as cleaning up after their dogs, respecting the traffic laws and not parking on footpaths, taking in their bins after collection and trimming overhanging branches. These are not onerous requests, and the difference they make to someone with sight loss is impossible to quantify.
Noreen Carter, who has a vision impairment, gives an account of her daily journey to navigate the obstacles on the footpath:
“As I venture into town from my house I first encounter a bicycle on the footpath. I am grateful for my white cane. It is a lifesaver because one trip can change the course of my life and lead to further disability. I continue on and encounter a full wheelie bin right in the middle of the path. I have no choice but to step off the path and onto the road to get by. Further down the road, a huge briar is hanging down gets caught in my hair. I am lucky it could have been my eye. A little distance on, there is a huge jeep totally blocking the path and once again I have to step off the path onto the road. And finally, disgustingly I slip on dog litter.
I think if the general public were aware of their actions they would be more mindful. All of the above obstacles could have been avoided so that people who are blind and visually impaired could instead have had a pleasant and safe journey. Let’s have a stress-free and safe zone on our footpaths”.
Bianca Young, an NCBI service user in Dundalk, Co Louth says that “Cars” parking up on the footpath in Dundalk town makes it impossible for me and other people with disabilities to squeeze past. Sometimes, I have to step off the footpath onto the road which can be very daunting”.
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HUNT BLOCKS VILLAGE FOOTPATH - 13/01/2018
Today saw a hunt in the village and as usual at least one vehicle parks on the footpath and blocks it for pedestrians. As can be seen from the image below the offending vehicle and trailer is blocking the footpath although not completely, pedestrians are able to manouvre around the vehicle however a parent pushing a pram would need to move onto the unfinished surface to pass and wheelchair users would have no chance.
On this particular stretch of road there is only one footpath so pedestrians cannot cross over the road. It seems this is a regular occurance whenever there is a hunt on. This behaviour should not be tolerated and pedestrians, parents and wheelchair users need to make their voice heard by contacting the gardai in delvin and reporting the offence. This is a public footpath for use by pedestrians.
Christmas fayre 2017
On Friday, December 1st there was a Christmas fayre held in the market Square with everything from fake snow to homemade gifts aswell as tasty homemade food and beverages to warm the cockles of every heart. With a mix of young and young at heart it was great to see so many people turn out to witness and be part of the switching on of the Christmas lights.. Santa arrived at 7pm and was a great hit with the children, he used the mens shed as his grotto which was literally transformed from a working mens shed to an amazing santas grotto complete with 2 elves and a magical fireplace. Joan Daly did a great job as compere for the evening and she kept all the old favoutite Christmas songs playing to keep everybody in the festive mood. Thanks also to everybody who volunteered with all the preparation that went into creating such a magical fayre.