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Month: July 2019

A disabled peer has welcomed a new industry review

first_imgA disabled peer has welcomed a new industry review of so-called “shared space” street designs, which has concluded that local authorities should adopt a more “inclusive approach” to them.The report by the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) looked at 11 shared space developments across England, but found evidence that only one of them had made the environment more inclusive.Most of the schemes had either a neutral impact on inclusion, or demonstrated a mix of positive and negative impacts.Shared space schemes often remove kerbs and controlled crossings from a street, encouraging vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists to share the same space, but posing greater risks for partially-sighted and blind people, as well as other disabled people, including many of those with mobility impairments, who have learning difficulties or who are deaf.Last September, campaigners from across the country gathered outside parliament to call for an end to unsafe shared space street designs, which they said risked turning public spaces into “no go zones” for many disabled and older people.The CIHT review says that some of the schemes “had attracted significant criticism from some groups of users”, and that the impact on inclusion “appeared to vary between different user groups”.It concludes: “For some user groups such as wheelchair users and older people, there was evidence that particular features of certain schemes had improved their experience.“However, some visually impaired users were reported as finding the new environments more hostile and consequently said that they altered their behaviour to avoid them.“Only one case study had included creating an inclusive environment as an objective in the development of the scheme.”It also pointed out that some schemes had failed to involve disabled people in the consultation process, which appeared to reflect the failure to make the creation of an inclusive environment a “specific aim” for most of the projects.And it concluded that there was a need for an “inclusive approach” to the use of kerbs and controlled crossings, and that future schemes needed to ensure that the area being redesigned became more inclusive.The review did find that in four of the schemes the number of accidents and injuries appeared to have fallen following the changes, but accepted that this could have been because of “vulnerable people avoiding the completed scheme”.The review said that “there should be sufficient provision for all users to cross the carriageway safely and in comfort”.And it concluded that, where a street needs to be “separated into a carriageway and footway, the interface between them should be clearly delineated and detectable by all” and that “in most situations, a kerb will be the most appropriate and simple way of achieving this”.Among its recommendations, the review calls on the government to make clear to local authorities their Equality Act 2010 duties when carrying out such developments, and to ensure they know that “stakeholder engagement is an essential part of the process”.It also calls for education and continuing professional development for those working in the field to cover accessibility and creating inclusive environments.Lord [Chris] Holmes, the disabled Tory peer, who was a member of the report’s steering group, and has raised repeated concerns about the safety of shared space developments, welcomed the report’s conclusions.He said the “most striking” conclusion was that only one of the 11 case studies was found to have a positive impact on the inclusive environment, and that was a scheme described as “very much on the limit of what might be called shared space”.He praised CIHT – which represents professionals who plan, design, build, manage and operate transport and infrastructure – for “taking the issue of accessibility and inclusion in the public realm seriously”.He has previously called for “an immediate moratorium on all shared space” and has described such projects as “dangerous and costly planning follies” that are turning town centres into “dangerous third world traffic free-for-alls”.He has also accused “overzealous councils” of “risking public safety for aesthetics”, leading to “confusion, chaos, unnecessary cost and catastrophe”.He said this week: “I am delighted that the recommendations include ensuring that local authorities understand their duties with regard to the Equality Act and also recognise that greater awareness, better training, more research and improved guidance are all needed.”He added: “I’m also delighted that the report concludes – regarding crossings – that ‘there should be sufficient provision for all users to cross the carriageway safely and in comfort’ and – regarding kerbs – that the separation between carriageway and footway ‘should be clearly delineated and detectable by all’. “It is essential that all our public spaces are safe, inclusive places for us all to enjoy.”The sight loss charity RNIB also welcome the report’s publication.Hugh Huddy, RNIB’s policy manager, said: “RNIB welcomes the publication of CIHT’s review of shared space and agree an inclusive approach to road design is needed.“We’re now urging the Department for Transport to reform national guidance and make high streets safe again for blind and partially sighted pedestrians.”A Department for Transport spokeswoman said: “We are absolutely clear that the needs of the whole community must be considered by councils looking to introduce any public realm scheme – including shared spaces.“We will consider this report’s findings and develop next steps in due course.”Picture: One of the shared space schemes examined by the review, Gosford Street in Coventrylast_img read more

Displaced Residents Return to Homes Struck by Fire

first_img Tags: Department of Building Inspection • displacement • firefighters • Fires Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% “They were told to take portable things, like documents, pictures, clothing, and other valuables,” said William Strawn, a spokesperson with DBI. The department limited the time tenants had to collect their things because the building had not yet been thoroughly assessed.“There might be health issues from all of the toxins,” he said.Tom Hui, director of the department, said that preliminary investigations concluded that tenants displaced from the Graywood Hotel at 3308 Mission St. and two neighboring buildings, 29-33 and 33-37 29th St., will likely be able to move back once the buildings are restored.Joshua Arce, a candidate for District Nine supervisor and community liaison with the construction union Local 261, said that a contractor had already looked at the Graywood Hotel, which housed many of the displaced residents. “We are looking to make sure we get all the men and women to come out and get the work done as soon as we can get the permit,” said Arce. He said the levels of asbestos and lead in the building had to be analyzed first.But “when that happens, you can start moving really quickly,” he said.Jonathan Baxter, a spokesperson with the Fire Department, confirmed at a meeting that the fire originated at 3312-16 Mission St., home to Cole Hardware and four unoccupied residential units. The building has been deemed irreparable.Heavy winds caused the fire to spread north to the corner building housing the 3300 Club and Graywood Hotel, the latter a single-room occupancy hotel at 3308 Mission St. with 34 rooms. The mostly low-income and formerly homeless tenants there were told they would not be allowed to enter their building until Tuesday because it has yet to be cleared by the Department of Public Health.The fire then spread west to three other buildings along 29th Street that housed businesses and residents. The 12 tenants evacuated from 39-43 29th St. — three doors from the corner building — were happy to find out that their building was unscathed, but since the power lines had been cut, they needed to await clearance before moving back in.“We are so lucky,” said Patrick Matthews, a resident of the building. On Saturday, Matthews said that after being evacuated, he watched the fire spread from across the street. “I was watching the fire unfold the entire time. It somehow stopped right before it came to our house.”But others were not as fortunate. Under the watchful eye of building inspectors and escorted by fire fighters, tenants of two buildings next to the corner building — 29-33 and 33-37 29th St. — entered their apartments one by one Monday morning.“I feel very bad,” said Alexis Solis, who was displaced from 29-33 29th St. where he had been living with his nephew, Orban Lopez, for four years. All they managed to retrieve were two suitcases full of clothes. “We did not get to stay in there long and some doors of our apartment we were not able to open.”“Everything is wet, most of things are ruined,” said Lopez. The two men have been paying for a hotel room since Saturday.Two days after the June 18 fire that displaced 58 people, 29th Street resident Emily Vasquez was reunited with her pet turtle, Daisy. Photo by Laura WaxmannThe morning proved bittersweet for Vasquez, whose father, a construction worker, was the last to visit their building that morning.“My dad has a lot of money in there, he’s trying to file a report right now,” said Vasquez. “That was all our savings. Everything he’s been working for the whole time.”But sitting next to a framed painting of the Virgin Mary and several boxes of clothing, Vasquez’s younger sister, Emily, cradled a bowl with a pet turtle named “Daisy” in her lap.“We have no idea how that turtle is still alive. My sister was so worried,” said Vasquez, adding that Daisy has been part of the family since he was three years old. “We found her in the kitchen where we left her.” Leaning against the doorway of his charred building on Monday, 15-year-old Diego Vasquez said he is coming to terms with the fact that “everything my father has worked for” is lost.“I don’t show my emotions,” said Vasquez, who lived at 33-37 29th St. with three members of his family and two friends before a five-alarm fire on Saturday destroyed the entire corner of his block.The Department of Building Inspection officials reported on Monday that two of six affected buildings will be demolished. Seven businesses suffered either water or fire damage, and 58 people were displaced. The Vasquez family was among a handful of those who were allowed a few minutes to enter their homes on Monday morning to salvage what they could.center_img 0%last_img read more

WHERE else could you question a panel of such qual

first_imgWHERE else could you question a panel of such quality?Alex Murphy MBE, Paul Sculthorpe, Andy Northey and Jon Wilkin will be on the top table at a special Past Players Forum on Wednesday September 26 at Langtree Park.Tickets cost just £9 and include pie and peas and to buy pop into the Ticket Office at Langtree Park or call Geoff Cropper on 07780 504 724.last_img

STHELENS have secured the long term services of y

first_imgST.HELENS have secured the long term services of yet another of their best young British stars to add to a number of others very recently announced, and Jonny Lomax is possibly the cream of the crop.The 23-year-old, who already has more than 100 first team appearances for the Saints to his credit, has signed a new four year deal keeping him a Saint at least until the end of 2017.Lomax stated: “It’s a real thrill to commit my long-term future to my home town club, particularly at a time when the future of the Saints is looking so good and when Super League is clearly going from strength to strength.“We have an improving and exciting Saints squad in an improving and strengthening Super League. I can now only look forward with ambition and excitement.Saints’ Chairman Eamonn McManus added: “This is a major boost for St.Helens and, on the back of other very recent extensions for our top young British players, a ringing endorsement of all the fantastic commercial and financial strides that Super League and rugby league have recently achieved and will now continue to achieve.“There can be no better tangible evidence of these recent major achievements than the long-term retention of the very best British talent in which we as a club have invested so much and for so long.“It is now a great time to be a Super league club. A 63 per cent monetary increase under the new TV contract term allows us all to plan ahead with confidence and in a much more stable environment. A real virtuous circle of achievement and strength is rapidly being created for the clubs by the RFL after a fantastically well-delivered and profitable World Cup.“This is now also underpinned, from the increased TV monies, by a materially increased new central initiative fund which can be used, amongst other things, to market the game more effectively. There are also significantly increased levels of Sky TV funding at many other levels of the wider game.“Everything that every Super League club has clamoured for in recent years has been delivered: in particular, the full salary cap is now met by the TV distribution alone. It gives us at St.Helens a level of optimism and stability unparalleled in the history of our professional sport.“The RFL have pulled off a brilliant piece of commercial opportunism at a time when there were three full years left on the existing TV contract, thereby rendering it impossible to put it out to third party tender. There was therefore no possible actual market competition amongst other media groups for some years to come.“Creating an exciting new league format gave the RFL and Super League a short window of opportunity to table something to Sky at no cost to Super League but of significantly increased value to Sky. It is real coup and to the benefit of all in our game, particularly the supporters.“Clearly our very best playing talent think this and have demonstrated so in the strongest possible way by committing their long-term careers to Super League.”last_img read more

The prop forward had been charged with Grade A dan

first_imgThe prop forward had been charged with Grade A dangerous contact in our 26-10 win over Widnes.But after taking an Early Guily Plea he is available for the trip to the John Smith’s Stadium.last_img

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The full back was stretchered off the field as a p

first_imgThe full back was stretchered off the field as a precautionary measure towards the end of Saints’ 60-10 win over Salford.Ben, who scored a hat-trick in the victory, will continue to be monitored by the medical team here over the next few days.The club and Ben would like to thank everyone who has sent best wishes overnight and this morning; your messages show how close knit the Rugby League community is.last_img

Bitty and Beaus celebrates second year in business

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s a big day for Bitty and Beau’s coffee shop. The company is celebrating its second anniversary.All Bitty and Beau’s employees were there, along with dozens of customers sharing in on the fun.- Advertisement – Coffee shop co-owner and CNN Hero of the Year Amy Wright, introduced all the employees. A few of the original 19 explained what this job has meant to them over the past two years.Congressman David Rouzer also made a special visit and brought them an award.Wright says she is still overwhelmed at how far this shop has come since day one, when they originally opened in a small location off Wrightsville Avenue.Related Article: Teen surprises friend at Bitty & Beau’s with heartwarming promposal“We were standing out there cutting the ribbon two years ago in this tiny little 500 square foot spot. We had no idea it would grow into this…and now I mean it’s just amazing,” Wright said.Just six months after opening, Bitty and Beau’s needed more space, so they moved to their current location on New Centre Drive.Soon, they will grow again. Wright says they are very excited for their franchise to open in Charleston, SC.  There’s no official date set, but she says she thinks it will open in mid-February.last_img read more

WPD search for driver accused of hitting woman on Wooster Street

first_img The victim then walked into the Family Dollar, made a purchase, walked across Wooster Street toward her home. Once she got home, she called 911. EMS transported her to New Hanover Regional Medical Center with complaints of pain.Police are also trying to identify a witness, who pulled into the Family Dollar in a black SUV Toyota Land Cruiser moments after the incident occurred.Anyone with information is asked to contact WPD at 910-343-3600 or use Text A Tip. Suspect and witness car (Photo: WPD) – Advertisement – 1 of 2center_img Suspect and witness car (Photo: WPD) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police are searching for a suspect who hit a pedestrian with a car on Wooster Street, then drove away. It happened about two weeks ago.On April 24, a 46 year old Wilmington woman was crossing the intersection of Wooster and 17th Streets, despite on-coming traffic having a green light. A dark sedan traveling in the far right lane struck the woman just before 2 p.m. Once the woman stood up and walked to the sidewalk, the car continued driving west on Wooster St. Police are trying to identify a witness, who pulled into the Family Dollar in a black SUV Toyota Land Cruiser moments after the incident occurred. (Photo: WPD)last_img read more

Kayaker in ICU following Oak Island boat accident

first_img The wildlife officer says the kayaker has serious injuries from broken ribs to a lacerated liver and a substantial arm injury.They say the boat captain was heading toward St. James from dinner and didn’t see the kayaker until it was too late.The NC Wildlife Resource Commission is now investigating, but say they don’t foresee charges in the case. (Photo: MGN Online) OAK ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — A North Carolina Wildlife Officer says the kayaker hit by a boat in Oak Island Monday night is in the ICU.The US Coast Guard says the boat hit a man kayaking around 9 p.m. in the Intracoastal Waterway near SE 49th Street. While two people were kayaking together, only one was injured.- Advertisement – last_img read more