Readers letters: July 28: Fishergate Shared Space

'Crossing city's shared space roads is dangerous'

Friday, 3rd August 2018, 4:57 pm
Updated Friday, 3rd August 2018, 6:03 pm
The shared space scheme in Fishergate

The dispute over the shared space on Fishergate goes on (LP July 26). I read with interest the fact that disabled and visually impaired people feel the shared space poses difficulties for them. In April 2014, you published an article about my concern in trying to cross Fishergate with my toddler grandson in his buggy. I endured some unpleasant comments from some of the Labour councillors at the time. It is now 2018 and today I ventured into Preston with my new granddaughter, four weeks old, in her pram. I decided to walk down to Debenhams and was shocked to find nothing has changed. I waited patiently to cross Fishergate. Cars just sped past. Pedestrians passing me even commented on the fact drivers were not stopping for me to cross. What a difference.When you are on your own, you can nip across, but when you have a pram to push ahead of you, it is a whole new ball game. You cannot risk crossing until you are absolutely certain the cars have stopped for you. Is this shared space safe?In my opinion, no. Nothing has changed.Christine AbramCottam

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