MP to meet charity over town centre fears

Solihull Liberal Democrat MP Lorely Burt is set to meet with charity representatives to discuss fears that the new Solihull Gateway project will create access problems for blind people.

The £1.8 million proposal has been criticised by local charities including the Royal National Institute of Blind People, Action for Blind People and Guide Dogs because of safety concerns for blind and partially sighted people.

Charity representatives will meet with Mrs Burt to discuss plans to put pressure on the council to improve on the proposals.

Mrs Burt said, "The local Lib Dems are worried that vulnerable people's needs are being ignored under the Conservative-run council's current plans.

"I am very much on the side of the charities on this. The plans must change to accommodate blind and partially sighted people's needs."

Rebecca Swift, Regional Campaigns Officer for the RNIB, said, "Local charities like ours are deeply concerned that the current plans will create safety and access problems for blind and partially sighted people.

"Solihull Town Centre should be safe and accessible for everyone.

"We look forward to working with Lorely Burt to put pressure on the council to improve on their plans."

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