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RE: Street trees and the Disability Discrimination Act

Subject: RE: Street trees and the Disability Discrimination Act
From: Chris Hastie
Date: May 11 2006 09:14:49
Reply interwoven with original for context.
On 10 May 2006 19:42, wrote:


Why does everybody associate wheelchair users  with the above act.

Now, what if I were partially sighted and I could not read
the sign on the

FACT. The bridge owner would have to provide some
other method  of
telling me I was going to hit my head on the wall, either by
electronic  sensors warning me or applying a barrier of sponge to
stop me banging 
my  head.

Only if it is reasonably practical to do so. The DDA does not oblige the
Lake District NPA to provide a wheelchair lift up the Langdale Pikes.
Nor does it oblige the DVLA to issue driving licenses to people with
severely impaired vision, or Local Authorities to employ people with
severely impaired vision as dustbin lorry drivers.

What is important to an LA is that you have audited access, you have
identified the difficulties, you have assessed the measures needed to
improve access and have either taken those measures or have robustly
assessed them as being impractical. As with so many things, a clear
paper trail is actually the key. If you haven't even thought about
pavement widths, you're in trouble. If you have been through the process
and done what you practically can when all other issues are weighed in,
you're likely to be in the clear.

Chris Hastie
Strategy Officer (Arboriculture)
Warwick District Council

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