Paving mix-up led to problem for blind

Paving mix-up led to problem for blind
The tactile paving on Patrick's Street replaced int he wrong configuration by utility workers. Pic: Paul Sheehan

A BLIND man has hit out at utility workers after some tactile paving on Patrick Street, which visually impaired people use to get around the city, were replaced in the wrong configuration.

Alan MacNaimdhe said it was inconsiderate and lazy of workers to put the paving back in the ground in the wrong position, resulting in tactile paving being mixed with the flat paving.

Mr MacNaimdhe said that it could be disorientating for a blind person to use the paving now as well as confusing and ultimately dangerous.

The reinstated paving on Patrick's Street. Pic: Cork City Council
The reinstated paving on Patrick's Street. Pic: Cork City Council

“If I misread the paving and get into an accident, who is responsible?”

“There are safety factors to consider and it should have been done right.”

A spokesperson for Cork City Council said the manholes were not opened by Cork City Council but that they made contact with the utility company responsible to ensure that they were then replaced correctly.

“We value service requests from the public which can be made through roads@corkcity.ie. This is the best way to let us know about incidents like this and assists us in maintaining Cork city’s public space.”

Mr MacNamidhe also said that he has been trying to get the pedestrian crossing beeping sound made louder so that it is more useful for visually impaired people.

“It is so low at the moment that I am afraid to cross at the lights.”

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