Group Concerned About Placement Of Hoardings Along Streets
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
November 14, 2003
DERBY, ENGLAND--A disability rights group is questioning the city council's decision to erect a number of billboards along city streets.
The seven-foot tall wooden billboards, called "hoardings", have been built by the city to give legitimate advertisers a place to post flyers.
Members of the British Council of Disabled People, however, are concerned that the hoardings restrict access and present a safety hazard for people with disabilities, especially blind people.
"It is going to take away people's access and that will affect a lot of people," the Council's Janet Seymour Curke told the BBC News.
The Derby City Council pointed out Friday that the hoardings are temporary at this point, and that the city will take into account people's views before deciding where to install them in the future.