Visually-impaired residents start campaign to fund crossing
Elderly and visually-impaired residents have issued an appeal to help them find the £20,000 they need to fund a crossing at a busy road outside their Plymouth homes.
Concerned residents and staff at The Rise, one of our extra care schemes which specialises in housing people with visual impairments, say crossing the section of The Ridgeway outside their homes is too dangerous and they want to raise funds for a zebra crossing.
Because the work would involve widening a pathway to allow wheelchair users to cross, the residents have been told the work would cost £20,000.
Resident George Cowley, a 75-year-old who is completely blind and relies on a guide dog, said crossing the road was horrendous for him and his 78-year-old wife Margaret, who uses a wheelchair to get around.
George, who has lived at the The Rise for 14 years and is chair of the Tenants’ and Residents’ Association, said: “The Ridgeway is an extremely busy road which seems to have got faster and faster over the years and at the moment it just isn’t safe to cross.
“We are really just relying on the grace of the drivers at the moment which is clearly not ideal and unsafe.
“We want to try to raise the funds to get this done and not just for the residents at The Rise but for everyone in the area. Crossing is more of a hazard for us because many of us have visual impairments but we have schools and old peoples’ homes in the area too and the crossing would benefit them as well.
“We’ve been told because of the work involved it will cost £20,000 so we need help from the community to help make it happen. Something has got to be done to make crossing this busy road safer.”
Court manager at The Rise, Marie Dorney, said: “We share the concerns residents have about The Ridgeway and fully support their bid to raise the money to have a crossing put in place.
“This is a very busy road and it isn’t safe for anyone in the community to have to rely on the courtesy of drivers to cross.
“Because the majority of our residents have severe visual impairments the need for something to be done is even greater.”
The ownership and management of The Rise, formerly known as Pocklington Rise, was transferred over to us earlier this year.
It was initially built and managed by The Gift of Thomas Pocklington Trust, which provides specialist support services to blind and partially sighted people.