What is happening to disabled parking?
The council is committed to ensuring the High Street is accessible to all residents and visitors, including those with disabilities. The improvements will mean a much better experience for everyone. The reduction in the number of vehicles, the wider pavements, less street ‘clutter’, which can present serious obstacles to those with disabilities as well as those with age-related mobility issues and people with pushchairs and prams, means the High Street will, overall, be far more accessible and disability-friendly than at present.
Before the improvement works there were four disabled parking bays on this stretch of the High Street. These have been relocated to Church Street (which is just behind the High Street itself) and two additional disabled bays have been installed – bringing the number to six at this location. A further two disabled bays have also been created in the Wellstones area. So there is an increase of four blue badge bays in the town centre overall.
The new blue badge bays will also operate for a longer period than the current ones, which are not available until after 11am to allow for loading vehicles to use this space to service shops, restaurants etc. providing drivers with a disability more flexibility in the times they can visit the town centre.