Blue Badge and a Sensible Way Forward

A week ago I blogged about a proposal to allow Blue Badge Holders extra time on any car parking tickets brought. Today the Parking Advisory Panel met to discuss this, and more importantly, invited people from the disabled community to speak on this issue.

Those from the disabled community spoke with passion on the difficulties they face going about their daily business. They did not just want a free ticket as they understood the corporate side to parking and charging. The Panel listened and debated this issue for near two hours and came up with a recommendation that (Unless I judged it wrong) met with the approval of those invited. That recommendation is as follows:

Allow blue badge holders an additional hour for each hour purchased.
I have said before that the Panel is advisory and it will be Cabinet who will make the final decision, but I believe this recommendation is a good one, and one that should be accepted by Cabinet.


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