Henry Bellingham, right, with council leader Nick Daubney, left with Gill Southgate. Picture: Tony Jones

A council leader and MP put on blindfolds to highlight issues facing people with impaired sight.

North West Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham and West Norfolk Council leader Nick Daubney were taken around Lynn as part of a Streets Ahead campaign from Guide Dogs.

They were joined by Heather Garrod, of the local chamber of commerce.

The campaign aims to make streets safer for blind and sight-impaired pedestrians.

Guide dog owner Gill Southgate, chairman of Lynn’s branch of the Guide Dogs charity, organised the event to highlight how difficult it can be to navigate streets.

“I would like to walk with my guide dog without fear of encountering a parked vehicle obstructing the pavement. Wing mirrors hurt!” she said.

According to the charity, 46 per cent of drivers in the eastern region park on the pavement without thinking about the problem it causes people with sight difficulties.

Tomorrow the charity will be targeting buses and trains and the lack of audio/visual technology to help people wth sight problems.

Mrs Southgate said some buses had audio announcements and she doesn’t miss her stop, but others don’t and she has missed her usual stop because there was no prompt.

She will be meeting managers at First, owners of Norfolk Green, at the bus station tomorrow and then head to the town’s train station manager Graeme Pratt.

See www.guidedogs.org.uk for details.