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'Equal pavements' pledge passed at full council

Friday, 8th October 2021 — By Helen Chapman

Katie Pennick with Caroline Russell and Sian Berry

Katie Pennick from Transport For All, with Green London Assembly members Caroline Russell and Sian Berry

New work on pavements is set to make life easier for the disabled and elderly residents.

The council is repaving footways and adding dropped kerbs to help accessibility across the borough.

Green Councillor Caroline Russell, who is also a London Assembly member, put forward a motion calling for a commitment to an “equal pavements pledge”, drawn up by the Transport For All group – and it was passed at a full council meeting last month.

She said: “The news is full of stories about changes to our roads to cut the traffic, but pavements rarely hit the headlines. It’s hard to cut a ribbon on a well maintained pavement but really we should be celebrating basic maintenance and modest interventions like dropped kerbs.

“Transport For All have raised some simple issues in their pledge – inconsistent tactile paving, uneven or steep pavements, potholes and tree roots, street clutter, stray bin bags and bollards.”

Katie Pennick from Transport for All, who lives in Islington and uses a wheelchair, said: “Getting to the end of the pavement and finding a kerb that hasn’t been dropped means I have to turn around and find another route, adding significant time and stress to my journey.”

Islington’s environment chief Labour councillor Rowena Champion said: “By making our streets more people-friendly, we can make it easier to walk, cycle, and use buggies and wheelchairs, addressing the toxic impact of air pollution in the process.”

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