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Accessibility matters

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Friday, September 29, 2017
dlr County
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dlr has a diverse population of over 218,000 people living in its area - all with different levels of ability, whether young or old. It’s up to us all as community members, working alongside the County Council, to we make sure that we keep our walkways as accessible as possible. There are a number of simple ways in which we can make our streets easier to navigate for those with physical disabilities, wheelchair users, those with sight impairments and people pushing buggies.

Wheelie Bins

Be mindful of others when putting out your bins for collection. Bins are often left out on footpaths without leaving enough room for people to pass safely. Make sure that you play your part by ensuring that your bins are not causing an obstruction for others.

Hedging near Public Pavements

Make sure your garden hedges and trees are properly maintained and don’t impede access for the general public. Overgrown hedges can present a serious issue for people with disabilities, especially those with sight impairments.

dlr has the power to serve a written notice on the owner or occupier of the land on which such tree, shrub, hedge or other vegetation is situated and has enforcement powers to direct a householder to cut/prune overgrown hedges and shrubs.

Glan suas é!

Dog poo can cause all sorts of problems, not least for people with physical disabilities, and can cause a particular annoyance for wheelchair users and people with buggies when it gets on the wheels!  

It can also be a major problem for people with visual impairments who can’t spot it on the ground and also poses serious health implications for children within our county as it carries bacteria which can be very harmful to young children.

You might not know it but there is an on-the-spot fine of €150 for not cleaning up after your dog!

Inconsiderate Parking

This one is pretty self-evident but it is a major issue across many areas of our county. Please be mindful of where you park your car – it can have a major negative impact on the safety and accessibility of our local communities. Pathways, cycle lanes, pedestrian crossings, school bus areas are all there to provide for safer, more sustainable communities and inconsiderate parking prevents them from operating safely.