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Guide dogs help planners around King’s Lynn

Helen Sismore (community engagement officer for Guide Dogs) guides blindfolded council officials from Lynn bus station to the railway station. Officials are: David Wardale (NCC Project Engineer), Kurt Booth (NCC Design Technician) and Jemma Curtis (Borough Council Regeneration Team). With their guide dogs are Genene Henshaw with Susan and Gill Southgate with Yazmin. ANL-141203-150141001

Helen Sismore (community engagement officer for Guide Dogs) guides blindfolded council officials from Lynn bus station to the railway station. Officials are: David Wardale (NCC Project Engineer), Kurt Booth (NCC Design Technician) and Jemma Curtis (Borough Council Regeneration Team). With their guide dogs are Genene Henshaw with Susan and Gill Southgate with Yazmin. ANL-141203-150141001

Some on-the-street research on the needs of blind and partially-sighted people was carried in Lynn last week.

Members of the Norfolk County Council team behind the scheme to regenerate the town’s bus station area met up with Helen Sismore, community engagement officer for Guide Dogs.

The officials were blindfolded and guided from the Lynn bus station to the railway station, which is a route slated for improvement by council planners.

“We walked with them from the bus station through Waterloo Street to the railway station” said Helen.

“We showed them the problems that partially sighted and blind people have when it comes to crossing that road.

“The pelican crossing doesn’t make any sound when it is safe to cross so it is difficult to know when to proceed.

“We’re also asking the council to consider widening the road where the buses come in as where they turn they are close to the pavement and could potentially hit a visually-impaired person wanting to cross the road.”

“I think the council took the ideas on board. Allowing them to live 10 minutes in the life of a visually-impaired person made them realise that crossing the road can be difficult,” said Gill Southgate, who walked with her guide dog Yazmin.

Also joining the party was Genene Henshaw, who brought her guide dog Susan with her.

 

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