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Enfield Council's deputy leader has defended the borough's cycle lanes schemes against accusations of discrimination made by a charity that supports blind and partially sighted people.

The criticism of Enfield Council is contained in a press release issued on 19th February by the National Federation of the Blind of the UK (NFBUK) and relates in particular to the design of bus stop bypasses and bus stop boarders along the A105 between Palmers Green and Enfield Town. The NFBUK contend that the designs are in breach of UK equality legislation because "there has been no real consideration of the needs of blind or frail people" and claim that "anyone can see the design is flawed and inherently dangerous".

In a response released to Palmers Green Community, Councillor Daniel Anderson says that Enfield Council "emphatically rejects" the allegation that it has been ignoring its obligations under the Equality Act. He says that the council had previously written to the NFB UK and provided them with copies of the Council reports which included details of the Equalities Impact Assessment. According to the deputy leader, the council has welcomed advice and feedback from many parties, including Enfield Disability Action, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Enfield Vision and the Centre for Accessible Environments. With regard to bus stop boarders, he says that Transport for London is reviewing their safety and Enfield will consider the outcomes and make adjustments if appropriate.

The full texts of the press release and response are shown below.

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