PCC election: don’t forget the visually impaired

PCC election: don’t forget the visually impaired

PCC election: don’t forget the visually impaired

First published in News

DON’T forget about us - that was the message from members of Bournemouth’s visually impaired community when they met with two of Dorset’s Police and Crime Commissioner candidates on Monday.

The RNIB and Bournemouth Society for the Visually Impaired organised a hustings event in Winton, which was attended by Conservative candidate Nick King and Independent, Martin Underhill.

But, just a few days before polling on Thursday, only a handful of people went along.

Members wanted to ensure there was a zero-tolerance policy on disability hate crime, that information and correspondence was produced in accessible formats and that issues with cars parking on pavements and people cycling on pavements were addressed.

Tara Melton, from the RNIB, said: “We need to make sure that the information that people want is available in the format they need, such as Braille.”

Adrian Tamasan, RNIB campaigns co-ordinator, said more information needed to be provided in large print.

Vehicles parking on pavements was raised as a major issue for those with a visual impairment.

Mr Underhill said: “It’s an issue in certain areas, it’s getting out of hand.”

Ms Melton added: “People are walking into roads and it is dangerous. A lot of people do it (park on pavements) and don’t think about the impact of it.”

She also said that cycling on pavements was a problem for those with sight problems.

Mr King said: “People expect that if there’s a law it should be enforced and it’s currently not.”

Mr Underhill added: “It’s also a huge issue for the visually impaired and people with children.”

People at the meeting also said that feeling safe going out at night was a worry for people with sight problems and disabilities.

Mr King said: “There seems to be no involvement from groups that represent these people in the community and the police.

“We should be making sure that whoever becomes police commissioner is invited back once a year to make sure members feed back to that person. Whoever is police commissioner is going to have to take feedback from the people of Dorset.”

Mr Underhill added: “Each group is important and we have to represent all parts of the community. We need to be meeting you at least once a year and other vulnerable groups.”

Labour candidate Rachel Rogers and Lib Dem Andy Canning did not attend the meeting.

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2:24pm Wed 14 Nov 12

pete woodley says...

Are we surprised that the labour and lib/dems did not attend,they can get their votes in their own areas.As for cycling on pavements,its not only the partial sighted that are fed up with it.Watch the pcso's turn a blind eye,and look the other way.
Are we surprised that the labour and lib/dems did not attend,they can get their votes in their own areas.As for cycling on pavements,its not only the partial sighted that are fed up with it.Watch the pcso's turn a blind eye,and look the other way. pete woodley
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2:48pm Wed 14 Nov 12

speedy231278 says...

The Highway Code should be amended to incorporate the right to shove a stick through the spokes of the front wheel of anyone cycling on a pavement, or a pedestrian area, unless that area is specifically exempted from the rule about not doing so.
The Highway Code should be amended to incorporate the right to shove a stick through the spokes of the front wheel of anyone cycling on a pavement, or a pedestrian area, unless that area is specifically exempted from the rule about not doing so. speedy231278
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3:00pm Wed 14 Nov 12

s-pb2 says...

speedy231278 wrote:
The Highway Code should be amended to incorporate the right to shove a stick through the spokes of the front wheel of anyone cycling on a pavement, or a pedestrian area, unless that area is specifically exempted from the rule about not doing so.
Yes lets maim those 10 year olds!
[quote][p][bold]speedy231278[/bold] wrote: The Highway Code should be amended to incorporate the right to shove a stick through the spokes of the front wheel of anyone cycling on a pavement, or a pedestrian area, unless that area is specifically exempted from the rule about not doing so.[/p][/quote]Yes lets maim those 10 year olds! s-pb2
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3:27pm Wed 14 Nov 12

pete woodley says...

Nobody said 10 year olds,so dont stir it.most of us mean 20 to 40 year olds acting like 10 year olds.
Nobody said 10 year olds,so dont stir it.most of us mean 20 to 40 year olds acting like 10 year olds. pete woodley
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3:55pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Victor_Meldrew_Lives! says...

Forget all the fringe nonsense and concentrate on banging criminals up.
Forget all the fringe nonsense and concentrate on banging criminals up. Victor_Meldrew_Lives!
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7:22pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Loyal2AFCB says...

Judging by the timing and tone of this article it appears that the Echo, albeit covertly, have "come out" in support of Nick King. Why does this not surprise me?
Judging by the timing and tone of this article it appears that the Echo, albeit covertly, have "come out" in support of Nick King. Why does this not surprise me? Loyal2AFCB
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7:39pm Wed 14 Nov 12

John T says...

Loyal2AFCB wrote:
Judging by the timing and tone of this article it appears that the Echo, albeit covertly, have "come out" in support of Nick King. Why does this not surprise me?
The Echo have promoted NickKing throughout.
The interest they have in the Independent candidate is amply illustrated by the fact that they can't even be bothered to spell Martyn Underhill's Christian name correctly!
I expect this posting to be removed, or the OHEC spokesperson, pete woodley, to respond on their behalf in his usual unbiased manner.
[quote][p][bold]Loyal2AFCB[/bold] wrote: Judging by the timing and tone of this article it appears that the Echo, albeit covertly, have "come out" in support of Nick King. Why does this not surprise me?[/p][/quote]The Echo have promoted NickKing throughout. The interest they have in the Independent candidate is amply illustrated by the fact that they can't even be bothered to spell Martyn Underhill's Christian name correctly! I expect this posting to be removed, or the OHEC spokesperson, pete woodley, to respond on their behalf in his usual unbiased manner. John T
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8:14pm Wed 14 Nov 12

manyogie says...

Victor_Meldrew_Lives
!
wrote:
Forget all the fringe nonsense and concentrate on banging criminals up.
Here Here,
It,s time we all stopped bowing to the minorities,
Weve been brainwashed into going submissive for every minority, it's time the majority spoke out.
Punish criminals with an even hand, if you steal a car in Glasgow, London or Bournemouth its the same fixed sentance.
If you sell or use drugs in Glasgow, London or Bournemouth its the same sentence.
If your caught benifit swindling its the same sentence regardless of sex, race, being a depresive or whatever, Its the same crime regardless of geography.
Every two minutes someone gets away literaly with murderon some unprovable mental state or human rights grounds, Police Comisars,the message is simple,
GET TOUGH OR GET OUT!
[quote][p][bold]Victor_Meldrew_Lives ![/bold] wrote: Forget all the fringe nonsense and concentrate on banging criminals up.[/p][/quote]Here Here, It,s time we all stopped bowing to the minorities, Weve been brainwashed into going submissive for every minority, it's time the majority spoke out. Punish criminals with an even hand, if you steal a car in Glasgow, London or Bournemouth its the same fixed sentance. If you sell or use drugs in Glasgow, London or Bournemouth its the same sentence. If your caught benifit swindling its the same sentence regardless of sex, race, being a depresive or whatever, Its the same crime regardless of geography. Every two minutes someone gets away literaly with murderon some unprovable mental state or human rights grounds, Police Comisars,the message is simple, GET TOUGH OR GET OUT! manyogie
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