Worcester’s MP, Robin Walker, took on the challenge of cleaning up the streets at the Conservative Party Conference recently, when the charity Guide Dogs offered him the chance to learn more about the daily difficulties faced by people living with sight loss.
Robin at Guide Dog event at conference
Robin, a long-term supporter of Guide Dogs, is supporting their campaign on pavement parking, including a proposed law to restrict it to designated areas.

Guide Dogs is calling on MPs and the public to back a new Bill to outlaw irresponsible parking. According to the charity, badly parked cars are putting the lives of pedestrians up and down the country at risk every day. These vehicles are forcing people to step out into the road, without being able to clearly see on-coming traffic.

The charity used a unique twist on the fun-fair game, Hook-a-Duck, to highlight the campaign and Mr Walker became the guide when he helped a rubber duck navigate a stream full of obstacles.

Robin said:

“I’ve been contacted by several blind constituents who have asked me to support this campaign and attend this event at Conference. In Worcester there are several charities who support blind and partially sighted people. Having met with Sight Concern many times – I know pavement parking is a real concern for some of my constituents.”

“Worcester is also home to New College which is a national residential school and college for young people aged 11 to 19 who are blind or visually impaired. Therefore, it’s crucial that we clean up problem pavement parking, to ensure Worcester’s streets are safe for my constituents and their guide dogs.”

Robin and Guide Dog at conferenceJames White, Senior Campaigns Manager at Guide Dogs, said:

“Parking on pavements is blighting Britain’s streets. It puts all pedestrians in danger, particularly those living with sight loss.”

“It is terrifying for someone who cannot see oncoming traffic to take the risk of stepping out into a road because someone has decided to park on the pavement. We hope this year will see this dangerous practice outlawed once and for all, and call on all MPs to back a change in the law.”

Notes to Editors:

http://www.guidedogs.org.uk/

For further information about Guide Dogs UK

http://www.sightconcern.co.uk/

For further information about the work of Sight Concern in Worcester

http://www.newcollegeworcester.co.uk/

For further information about New College