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New kerbs are a 'safety risk' for guide dogs

By Alan Erwin

Published 23/05/2015

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A blind woman has won High Court permission to challenge the height of new kerbing in parts of Lisburn city centre.

Joanna Toner was granted leave to seek a judicial review of the 30mm pavement edges created as part of a major revitalisation scheme.

Her lawyers claim it could pose safety risks as guide dogs may fail to recognise the difference in street levels.

Academic research recommending that kerbing should be at least 60mm in height was not properly considered, it was alleged.

Counsel for Mrs Toner, who is from Lisburn, argued that she had been discriminated against on disability grounds.

The multi-million pound public realm scheme is aimed at transforming the main city centre streets.

Work involved creating new paving and kerbs in and around Bow Street and the Market Square areas.

Mrs Toner's legal action is being continued against the new Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council.

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