Dear Editor, Coventry and Warwick are both changing their central street layouts in such a way that they are becoming hazardous for blind people to use, and guide dog owners have been told not to take their dogs into these redeveloped streets where kerbs have been removed or lowered.
Crossings and kerbs are being removed in order to reduce vehicle speeds, by forcing pedestrians to walk among the moving vehicles.
Many old, infirm and disabled people are protesting at this treatment, and blind people especially are frightened to walk between moving vehicles which they cannot even see.
I have been told that Birmingham is considering a similar scheme, and have tried to contact their Access Officer via the City website and also through the switchboard, but with no success.
Birmingham appears to provide good contact between residents and service departments but no facilities for contacting Officers and section heads who implement policy or make decisions.
The National Federation of the Blind of the UK is a countrywide charitable organisation of mostly blind or partially sighted people who are valiantly trying to keep town centres accessible to all blind people.
David M Bates NFBUK