Laura Sharman 22 August 2017

Councils urged to make public spaces more accessible

Councils urged to make public spaces more accessible image

Councils should ensure bins and other street furniture does not stop people with mobility issues from using public spaces, under guidance published yesterday.

The recommendations from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) sets out how councils can help the elderly, those with disabilities or parents using prams be more active in their area.

This includes keeping bins and hanging baskets out of the way on pavements, and changing the time between signals at traffic lights to give people more time to cross.

It also recommends using dropped down pavements and textured ground at pedestrian crossings.

Professor Mark Baker, director of the centre for guidelines at NICE, said: ‘It should not matter whether you are on foot, in a wheelchair, have a visual impairment or if you’re a parent pushing a pram.

‘If streets, parks and other open spaces are well planned, everyone should be able to get around their local area easily. Safe, accessible streets and well maintained parks can help people to get active and live longer, healthier lives.’

The guidance also says parks could be made more accessible by installing clearer signage, measures to reduce anti-social behaviour and having seats with arm and back rests.

SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Social Worker - Early Interventions

Essex County Council
£32065 - £43839 per annum
Social Worker - Early Interventions Permanent, Full Time £32,065 - £43,839 per annum Location
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Social Worker - Local Linked Support Team

Essex County Council
£32065 - £43839 per annum
This is a full time fixed term contract for 12 month or a 12 month Secondment.About the RoleThis is a community-based role within the Harlow area. You England, Essex, Epping
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Property and Projects Lawyer

Brent Council
£43,860 - £49,827 p.a. inc.(pro rata)
The successful candidate will have the opportunity to supervise junior staff and deputise in the absence of the Senior Property Lawyer. Wembley, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Brent Council

Training and Quality Assurance Specialist

Essex County Council
Up to £26801 per annum
The OpportunityEssex Registration Service is one of the largest authorities in the Country, serving thousands of customers in the Registration of Bir England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Business Support Officer

Camden London Borough Council
£29,359
We have recently changed the way that we work so that we are more responsive to... Camden, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Camden London Borough Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue