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Blind girl's mum takes road safety petition to Downing Street

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Published by Emma Carton at 8:27am 11th January 2019. (Updated at 10:25am 11th January 2019)

A Cornish mum, worried for her blind daughter's safety, has taken a road safety petition to Downing Street.

Michelle Hough is angry about shared space schemes, like the one at a nearby housing development in St Agnes.

There is no pavement which means vehicles and pedestrians use the same space.

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A Cornish mum, has delivered a petition over shared space schemes, amid fears for her blind daughter's safety

She parked across the development back in September, blocking the entrance in protest.

At the time, Michelle told Pirate FM shared space road schemes are problem for many people.

"You can imagine if you're blind like my daughter - my daughter actually has dual-sensory loss so she's blind and she has hearing loss.

"She uses a cane so navigating around shared-space road schemes is extremely dangerous for her because she just can't do it.

"It's not just people who are visually impaired, people with conditions like autism, the elderly, people in wheelchairs, people with dementia - also find these spaces difficult to navigate.

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Michelle Hough fears a shared space scheme at a new housing development in St Agnes will put her daughter at risk

"I believe these developments should be accessible to all members of the community.

"A lot of charities are campaigning against the use of shared space.

"The government has recently asked local authorities to stop utilising shared-space road schemes because they deem them to be discriminatory and dangerous.

"Unfortunately, Sanctuary are not listening to this advice and they are still going to put one in".

Michelle Hough

What do Sanctuary Homes say?

Back in September, Sanctuary insisted it had stuck to all of Cornwall Council's planning rules.

Bosses said they would continue to liaise with local residents and hear their concerns.

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Sanctuary Homes is behind the development at St Agnes and insists it stuck to the council's planning rules

"We bought the site with full planning consent granted by Cornwall Council following a period of public consultation.

"We are fully compliant with the planning permission and all the statutory approvals are in place including those related to the accessibility and road design.

"We will continue to liaise with the resident to hear her views and will continue to discuss it with the Council.

"This site will offer a range of much-needed, high quality and stylish homes for St Agnes and we are looking forward to the first residents moving in".

Sanctuary Homes

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