Claims end of free Craven disabled parking could clog up roads

Craven Herald: Craven district councillor Paul English (Lib Dem) says the change will see more disabled drivers parking on double yellow lines Craven district councillor Paul English (Lib Dem) says the change will see more disabled drivers parking on double yellow lines

Disabled drivers will have to pay to park in Craven District Council car parks.

Since April last year, only designated blue badge parking spaces were free for disabled drivers for up to three hours.

But now, the council has decided to charge for all designated spaces, bringing blue badge holders into line with all other users of its car parks.

The council says it will end confusion and will make the system fairer by charging all blue badge holders irrespective of where they park.

It adds that faced with having to make savings – or introduce new revenue streams – it can no longer justify continued free parking and that the charging will generate around £30,000 per year.

Critics of charging say it is mean-spirited and will result in blue badge holders parking on double yellow lines, clogging up roads.

Coun Alan Sutcliffe (Cons), the council’s lead member for finance and asset management, said: “Charging for all blue badge holders irrespective of whether they are parked within a blue badge bay removes confusion and eliminates perceptions of unfairness that some blue badge holders are being asked to pay while others are not.

“However, our primary concern is that in developing the budget for 2014-15, we are faced with having to make sizeable six figure cuts.

“Along with other authorities in this position, we can no longer justify to council tax payers the continued provision of free parking to blue badge holders.”

But Coun Paul English (Lib Dem) said although he could understand that disabled drivers were just as likely to be able to pay as all drivers, he believed it would mean drivers simply parking elsewhere to avoid paying.

“I can understand the reason for charging, just because someone is disabled does not mean they are poverty stricken. But if someone has a blue badge they can park on double yellow lines for a small amount of time, and that is what they will do.”

And Coun Mark Wheeler (Lib Dem) said it was a mean-spirited decision that sent out the wrong message.

“I fully understand the point about not equating disability with ability to pay, but I do have issues with this rather mean-spirited proposal,” he said.

“Life is pretty challenging financially for many of us at the moment and living with a disability can be that bit harder,” he said.

“By adopting this policy, I believe the council are sending out a clear message to blue badge holders – we don’t care about your disabilities, just pay up like everyone else.”

Coun Wheeler pointed out that it was cheaper to park in Keighley and Pendle, where parking for blue badge holders was still free and called on the council to reverse its decision.

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4:34pm Sat 7 Dec 13

White Rhino says...

Many disabled badges are for designated drivers, you can see from the good quality cars that money is not the issue but mobility. As such it is fair that payment is required, there is also significant abuse of the system by many abled bodies designated drivers who use it for their own means and take up spaces for genuine users.
Many disabled badges are for designated drivers, you can see from the good quality cars that money is not the issue but mobility. As such it is fair that payment is required, there is also significant abuse of the system by many abled bodies designated drivers who use it for their own means and take up spaces for genuine users. White Rhino

9:01pm Sat 7 Dec 13

cosmiccrow says...

First of all.Blue badges are only issued to the disabled person not the driver.The disabled badge can be used in any car as long as the disabled person is being transported in the car.........Regardin
g the quality of the cars a lot of people who are issued with a blue badge are entitled to a motability car which means they get a brand new car on lease from motabiliy every 3 years.
Next time you see a able bodied person getting out of a car showing a blue badge........think it might just be they driving the disabled person.
Really nice of you to show your ignorance in such a public way though.
Some people with limited upper body mobility as well as difficulty walking need the extra space afforded by designated disabled spaces to have the car door fully open.... so expect a few dents in your car doors if you park near someone with a blue badge if they have to park in non disabled spaces.
Personally I'm going for the yellow lines option so I don't have to pay
First of all.Blue badges are only issued to the disabled person not the driver.The disabled badge can be used in any car as long as the disabled person is being transported in the car.........Regardin g the quality of the cars a lot of people who are issued with a blue badge are entitled to a motability car which means they get a brand new car on lease from motabiliy every 3 years. Next time you see a able bodied person getting out of a car showing a blue badge........think it might just be they driving the disabled person. Really nice of you to show your ignorance in such a public way though. Some people with limited upper body mobility as well as difficulty walking need the extra space afforded by designated disabled spaces to have the car door fully open.... so expect a few dents in your car doors if you park near someone with a blue badge if they have to park in non disabled spaces. Personally I'm going for the yellow lines option so I don't have to pay cosmiccrow

10:13am Sun 8 Dec 13

Skipton Ratepayer says...

Many not only need the door opening to its full width, but have to be able to get round to get a wheelchair out of the boot. This is often impossible when cars are nose to tail on yellow lines, so the disabled person is trapped. Disabled spaces generally take account of this. A better solution would be heavy fines for people abusing disabled spaces, people without a badge who are 'just nipping' somewhere and end up being gone for ages.
Many not only need the door opening to its full width, but have to be able to get round to get a wheelchair out of the boot. This is often impossible when cars are nose to tail on yellow lines, so the disabled person is trapped. Disabled spaces generally take account of this. A better solution would be heavy fines for people abusing disabled spaces, people without a badge who are 'just nipping' somewhere and end up being gone for ages. Skipton Ratepayer

6:58pm Sun 8 Dec 13

AlliG says...

I feel that they should pay for parking like everyone else has to...

I also think that Paul English should deal with more parking issues, such as the Carlton New road as the parking there is getting ridiculous and makes it very difficult if your trying to pull out of the industrial estate or even just drive on the road,
This is yet again due to the stupid parking at HML, the council should just let them build more car parking spaces in the surrounding area/fields by HML then the employees wouldn't be parking there to get the lift of the HML bus or to walk through Aireville Park to work!!
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I feel that they should pay for parking like everyone else has to... I also think that Paul English should deal with more parking issues, such as the Carlton New road as the parking there is getting ridiculous and makes it very difficult if your trying to pull out of the industrial estate or even just drive on the road, This is yet again due to the stupid parking at HML, the council should just let them build more car parking spaces in the surrounding area/fields by HML then the employees wouldn't be parking there to get the lift of the HML bus or to walk through Aireville Park to work!! , AlliG

7:30pm Sun 8 Dec 13

Skipton Ratepayer says...

Carleton New Road is getting ridiculous, but I thought it was because of Belle Vue Mills not having staff parking. I didn't realise that HML was adding to it as well. So yes, they need to sort it out, I'm sure they can find some land up there. They could have built it with basement parking perhaps?
Carleton New Road is getting ridiculous, but I thought it was because of Belle Vue Mills not having staff parking. I didn't realise that HML was adding to it as well. So yes, they need to sort it out, I'm sure they can find some land up there. They could have built it with basement parking perhaps? Skipton Ratepayer

1:01pm Mon 9 Dec 13

BB7628 says...

I can assure you no HML employees are parking on Carleton New Road as the bus goes from Sandylands, they park in there.

I think you should be more worried about the people who have started to park the opposite side of the entrance to the Ambulance station on Broughton Road as the road is narrower there and they are causing an obstruction as much as the ones on Carleton New Road.
I can assure you no HML employees are parking on Carleton New Road as the bus goes from Sandylands, they park in there. I think you should be more worried about the people who have started to park the opposite side of the entrance to the Ambulance station on Broughton Road as the road is narrower there and they are causing an obstruction as much as the ones on Carleton New Road. BB7628

6:27pm Mon 9 Dec 13

AlliG says...

they do park on Carleton New road as Ive seen the same people who get out of their car's and get on the HML bus outside Herriots as that's also a pickup point. (oh and ive worked at HML so i know about the parking issue) and Sandylands car park does get full as other people who park there go to use the gym, football rugby club etc.,

Yes it is also bad near the Ambulance station but they have always parked by Clifford Court for years also there is the bus stop. Its not as bad as it was further up where they have now put the double yellow lines, I drive up passed there every day as i live down Broughton Road, then turn onto Carleton New Road to work so i see this every day and in the winter when its icy and snowy i really get worried about being pushed down the banking onto the LMS football pitch due to all the parking and the road being narrow and some drive so fast and take up all the road.
they do park on Carleton New road as Ive seen the same people who get out of their car's and get on the HML bus outside Herriots as that's also a pickup point. (oh and ive worked at HML so i know about the parking issue) and Sandylands car park does get full as other people who park there go to use the gym, football rugby club etc., Yes it is also bad near the Ambulance station but they have always parked by Clifford Court for years also there is the bus stop. Its not as bad as it was further up where they have now put the double yellow lines, I drive up passed there every day as i live down Broughton Road, then turn onto Carleton New Road to work so i see this every day and in the winter when its icy and snowy i really get worried about being pushed down the banking onto the LMS football pitch due to all the parking and the road being narrow and some drive so fast and take up all the road. AlliG

6:34pm Mon 9 Dec 13

AlliG says...

maybe people are asked to not park there but some do,
Belle Vue employes and HML and anybody else who can't park at their work .... being a local resident its very annoying and worrying for the winter months
maybe people are asked to not park there but some do, Belle Vue employes and HML and anybody else who can't park at their work .... being a local resident its very annoying and worrying for the winter months AlliG

10:43am Thu 12 Dec 13

hesaltine says...

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10:45am Thu 12 Dec 13

hesaltine says...

Disabled Parking.
According to Disabled Motoring U.K., it is national legislation that blue badge holders can park on double and single yellow lines for up to three hours ,how ever in an off- street environment they can charge what they like but must under the equality act of 2010 make reasonable adjustments for disabled people. This is usually a concessionary price for parking.
For interested parties the address of Disabled Parking U.K. is National Headquarters,Ashwelt
horpe,Norwich NR16 1EX
Disabled Parking. According to Disabled Motoring U.K., it is national legislation that blue badge holders can park on double and single yellow lines for up to three hours ,how ever in an off- street environment they can charge what they like but must under the equality act of 2010 make reasonable adjustments for disabled people. This is usually a concessionary price for parking. For interested parties the address of Disabled Parking U.K. is National Headquarters,Ashwelt horpe,Norwich NR16 1EX hesaltine

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