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Documentary sent to the Queen

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: February 08, 2014

By Leslie Jackson

  • The new shared space area in Leek which is featured in the film

  • Sarah Gayton talks to staff and students at Oxford University about shared spaces

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A DOCUMENTARY highlighting the difficulties blind people are having following the introduction of a shared road space system in Leek has been sent to the Queen.

The film, which starts and ends in Leek, travels across Britain to Coventry, Warwick, London, Lewes, Wakefield and South End on Sea, and shows communities feeling the impact of shared space projects, including the 'public realm' area at the bottom of Derby Street, Leek.

The production of the film has been inspired by Leek baker Sarah Gayton.

Ms Gayton has now received a reply from the senior correspondence officer at Buckingham Palace after being sent the film. The letter said: "The Queen has asked me to thank you for your letter enclosing two DVDs showing problems encountered on British roads by blind and partially sighted guide dogs and white cane users. However, this is not a matter in which Her Majesty would personally intervene. Nevertheless, as a constitutional Sovereign, The Queen acts on advice of her Ministers and I have, therefore, been instructed to send your letter to the Right Honourable Eric Pickles, MP, the Secretary of State for communities and Local Government, so that he may know of your approach to her Majesty on this matter and may consider the points you raise."

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