Public views sought over disabled parking charge
Release date: 15 August 2012
Currently, the 10,200 badge holders in the New Forest have exclusive use of the disabled bays and do not have to pay to park, which costs the council in excess of £40,000 a year.
The council is reviewing the existing arrangements because it believes that, where reasonable, all motorists should pay to park as the income helps maintain the car parks and provides other services.
It also feels that charging Blue Badge holders to park may reduce the incentive for badges to be used fraudulently.
The use of Blue Badges on public highways is governed by national regulations and is not affected.
New Forest District Council's portfolio holder for planning and transportation, Cllr Paul Vickers, said: "Before any decision is made, the council is consulting with residents and organisations to find out their views. We will also carry out an equality impact assessment to establish what impact any charges may have on Blue Badge holders. I urge people to have their say by completing the questionnaire on the council's website."
Consultation will close on 14 September 2012.
Complete the questionnaire online at www.newforest.gov.uk/bluebadgesurvey
You can request a hard copy by calling the parking office on 023 8028 5885.
This should be returned to Performance Team, New Forest District Council, Appletree Court, Beaulieu Road, Lyndhurst, SO43 7PA.
If you would like to make a representation on behalf of an organisation, send your comments to John Bull, parking manager, by letter addressed to New Forest District Council, Lymington Town Hall, Avenue Road, Lymington, SO41 9ZG, or email firstname.lastname@example.org