It isn't at all patronising - it's common sense and not being selfish to cut back overhanging trees and to remove bins etc. from pavements, some streets are like assault courses especially when shops have those dreaded, trip hazard, A boards outside.
What do you do if you don't like dogs.
Blind man gets Guide Horse
If this article was printed on April 1 I wouldn't believe it, but they must be confident that a horse can guide him around the city, though I'd rather put my trust in a dog than a horse.