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Note added 25.7.21. This black bin is for depositing dog waste. Over several months the briars and (see: #169951) nettles grew over it. On 23.7.21 I was here with the CYC walking and cycling officer to put my view the infra here is critical to local people and visitors but the width of the route alongside these railings (behind the camera to the river/Scarborough bridge and the train station) is insufficient, the lighting is inadequate and the lack of signage and exits from/through the car park are failing active travellers and not meeting the central and local government policies on walking and cycling. However I learned a further reason intervention here is critical... I stopped a man with a guide dog. I believe from what he said he may have no sight. We need people to pick up after their dogs. We need bins to encourage and enable people to clear up their dog waste. There is a bin. Many people who walk this route do so with dogs - three is not unusual. The man with the guide dog confirmed what any regular user of this route knows: the growth through from the rail line side of the railings is considerable. It is scratchy and itchy. It can reduce the width of this route by up to 1m. What I hadn't realised was the impact on guide dog owners who need the bin. He told me he can't see briars and nettles in front of (to approach it), around it or in front of it (opening it). These plants cause pain and injury to him because he can't see them to avoid them or move them. Yet he needs to use the bin. I will send this caption to Network Rail as a specific example of why a proactive response is needed during the growing season and why an effective long-term strategy is needed to ensure people can access facilities that are provided and which benefit us all. [Image taken 15.7.21] Marygate car park, York. [Note: No street view at this location.] Greenery from the rail line side of the railings has been cut back see also: #172058. Other images today: #172057 and links.

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