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Blue Badge Parking (W20)

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Portfolio: Leisure and Local Environment Portfolio

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To introduce charging in off-street car parks for blue-badge holders

The charge to be the same as for other users.

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W20 Blue Badge Parking

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30 comment(s)

This table lists comments from the public about this proposal

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Cut W20 (Blue Badge Parking)

Get rid of this as a free servive

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This will kill off Darlington for disabled people and simply push them out of town to Teesside Park. Darlington is already hard work for those with either mobility issues or in a wheelchair. It's not flat and a lot of different surfaces and this will persuade me to go elsewhere.

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The Blue Badge is a lifeline to some, please re think.

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As a disabled persons feel DBC are making Darlington town centre a no go area for disabled and vunerable people by making charges. People will become confused by where they can park and if they have to pay and I have no doubt will incur a parking fine at some point. DBC are targeting the must vunerable, disabled people on low incomes.
People like myself will just stop using the town centre and go elsewhere.

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No. Enough erosion of facilities for the disabled. Shameful!

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A blue badge will cease to become of any benefit to a person with walking disabilities if a lengthy walk to a parking meter is proposed. The amount of money needed to install new meters on all off road parking spaces would be far greater than any revenue lost through parking charges. It would seem you are proposing that the blue badge scheme be stopped entirely as to have one will not be seen to have any benefits. Yet another blow for people who all ready have enough problems to contend with.

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I think it would be a shame for this to happen, although I understand that blue badge parking in the new multi-storey car parking is not free, so maybe this is the beginning of things to come.... Many people rely on free blue badge parking.

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Totally agree with this proposal, blue badge holders & their families have received this perk for far too long

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I totally rely on my Blue Badge for parking in the town, and to have to pay for the " Privellege Of Being DIsabled " is in my view hitting the lowest level to save some money at the expense of vunerable people. It will certainly put the town out of reach for me as I will not be able to afford to park as often as I needed to before any charges were imposed.

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yes charge for car parking everywhere its the blue badge is over abused
by people who arnt disabled

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About time too. Use of badges is generally abused by family and friends..holder is generally no where to be seen. I'm sure genuine users would have no problem with charges. Their benefit would be wider parking and nearer to facilities. Your bigger problem would be on street parking by unauthorised users.

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I am a currently a relatively independent manual wheelchair user with dexterity problems. Your proposals would mean there would be no point in even trying to access the town centre. It is not about money it is about having the capability to do things independently and not be totally dependent on others. I can not use a bus pass as apart from relying on the wheelchair space being free of buggies or possibly another wheelchair user, I cannot get to a bus stop. Nearly everything I do takes much longer than a non disabled person. I am limited in what I can do iwithout help including the distance I can propel myself. Other disabled people who struggle to walk go at a much slower pace than normal. Darlington has many slopes and the odd steep hill meaning that any ventures out need rest periods to recover before returning to a difficult to access car park. A gentle slope to a non disabled walker might not even be noticeable. Try propelling yourself in a manual wheelchair from Northgate to HighRow against an adverse camber! Nether mind the potholes getting back to Abbots yard car park which nearly send me flying out my chair,as well as damaging it.

Our blue badges do not allow us to park near to most shop entrances anymore. Banning us from High Row meant an end to being able to seek help from shop staff in carrying things to our cars. Even Skinnergate is a no go area after 10 am. The Council has already put loading and unloading restrictions on most other streets I used to park as near to where I needed to be as possible.
Dexterity issues mean that any car park machinery is a no go area. Even if I had the energy to find a ticket machine in my wheelchair I could not use it with out dropping money or ticket if I actually managed to remove it would I then be expected to have to go back to my car to display the ticket, meaning an additional transfer out my chair into the car seat trying to reach the distant windscreen? Options involving mobile phones are beyond my fingers capabilities. 2 hours parking would only allow a disabled person to do half of what most non disabled people would achieve.
Now if I have an appointment at James Cook Hospital I need hospital transport as I can not manage their apparently money saving parking charges for Blue Badge Holders. No longer can I get there by independent means.
Darlington Businesses are obviously in no need of the Purple Pound from Disabled people. I already get frustrated at making many wasted journeys when there is no where I can park and get my wheelchair out.

By all means charge us to park, but remember your Duty under the 2010 Equality Act to promote equality of opportunity in allowing disabled people to partake in a Public Life.Also ensure that you do not discriminate against disabled people by charging us the same as non disabled people when it takes most of us at least twice as long to do do the same things. Personally you would take away what little independence I gather that you will have an impact assessment carried out of your proposals, but where is it?
If you are picking on disabled people taking away their independence why not charge cyclists to park?
Blue Badge holders already pay you £10 for the cost of the badge
Your proposals are likely to increase my care needs, not that I would receive any help from the Council.
Please contact Disabled Motoring UK with your proposals, and the difficulties that most Blue Badge holders face.


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I am a Blue Badge holder and am upset that the council is planning to charge disabled drivers for parking in all off street car parks. Those who are not disabled all get free transport on buses. I, and many disabled people, cannot manage to get on to a bus and often cannot walk any distance and have to park as near as possible to do what has to be done in town. I sometimes have to move my car two or three times if I have more than one job to do in town.
I feel the council is being unfair to disabled drivers by instigating these charges as most of us try to be as independent as possible but will have to depend on other people's kindness to do jobs in town for us when these charges are introduced. I would welcome your comments On this matter.









drivers are being penalised

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Instead of making disabled pay in off street parking areas, STOP people using their badges illegally and taking up spaces in the centre of town and preventing people that really need them.
The law states you can only use the badge if the badge holder is in the vehicle - the badge can be cancelled. If this was done, then you would not be penalising the disabled
My son has a blue badge and I only use it when he is with me. I get so cross when I see badges used and it is so obvious when the car is being parked illegally.
It should be law that the photo should be on display when a car is parked

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I am very disappointed although not entirely surprised at this decision to cut costs at the expense of the most needy and vulnerable elements of the town. No words that I could put down here will describe as to how I feel towards this council, in regards to this cut back, what is the purpose of a Blue Badge if there are no benefits to having one.

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Further to my comments at 3pm Wednesday 16th March at the meeting (which I had to leave early from for a hospital appointment in Barnard Castle) I am regularily being given a bus ticket for two people when only travelling alone. By regularily, I mean an average of 3 - 5 times in a week!
If you are being charged for these invisible people travelling with me (and my assumption other disabled people in the town) I am not surprised at you wanting to cut this benefit. However, for those of us who actually rely on our carer to travel with us (like to medical appointments), and for the blind who use a companion to direct them around the town, this cut is going to confine many of us to our homes and penalise us when we do need a companion for travel.
In my opinion, the bus drivers need to be informed that they should not be giving us companion tickets when we are travelling alone! Is this costing Darlington Borough Council for journeys that are not occurring?

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When a person has a disability the blue badge is not all about paying a parking charge it is mostly about the difficulty of getting to the parking meter and the extra distance to get back to the vehicle to display it. Walking is difficult enough without adding extra obstacles

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Already as a blue badge holder I have to pay to get my badge now I have to pay for parking too. So this is actually costing disabled badge holders more than able bodied people. Already it is hard enough to find disabled parking bays to enable me to have the room I require at the side of the car for my wheelchair I regularly have to struggle to find adequate parking and often have to park on double yellow lines which limits me to 3hrs. By introducing parking charges, I suspect that most people will automatically use street parking and then I will be forced to park in a very small bay with no room for my wheelchair. Being disabled I have more than enough additional costs in life and having to pay for parking will be the difference between being able to get out of the house into town for a coffee and staying at home. Please reconsider this proposal as I feel that the bigger picture has not been taken into consideration.

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Disgraceful what is the point of blue badges if you have to pay to park.
I am nominated driver for a man with Down's syndrome who cannot travel independently

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Due to my disability to be able to access town I have no choice but to be driven in. To charge for this parking is taxing my disability and making money out of those who are disadvantaged and have no other option.

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More disabled parking is needed in the town and charging for off street parking for blue badge holders will push more people out of town.
I agree with the comments about legitimate use of blue badges as many times I have had to drive around looking for spaces only to see people skipping back to the vehicle occupying a disability space.
Darlington Borough Council are killing off the town bit by bit and blaming budget cuts, I bet they won't take a pay cut to save the library, covered market or put a bit of colour with flowers around like it was as a town in bloom winner.

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We have a Diabled badge for our daughter and most of the time can't get into a disabled bay so we have to park in a side street and push her into town because of mindless people parking in disabled bays without a badge where's the justice its shop owners and market traders you are going to effect before long Dton is going to be a ghost town with more unemployment

Core LLE12 (Indoor and Outdoor Markets)
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Core EffR19 (Senior Management costs)

1.No lies why have you stated the indoor market has 1 million pound for electrical work ,when you have been quoted 250,000!!!
Sack Ada for the child abuse cases and why do you need 14 assistant directors,why sack council workforce then re employ the day after on 500 pounds a day!!
Stop giving building companies sweetners to complete a building on time then wait 5 years for the money to be returned-its not your money
Sack Ada for gross mis conduct-no pension save 300,000 sack Bill and the hangers on saving another 2.7 million,demand 4 million back from cinema complex and 1 million from car park theres 8 million saved already,why have you agreed to sell the indoor market to a supermarket
and why build more shopping units when the queens arcade was meant to get fitted out some ten years ago and why move mowden to council and give them free parking when again its our money ,our land and our services that will be used

issue the last 2 million from the war chest you know we have and having cut the services the council tax was meant for ie libaries,street cleaning,grass cutting etc lower the council tax to below 2 % then you wouldnt need a referendum which again hasnt materialised by Law
also remove the Mayor and his hangers on and the PCC as again a total waste of time
typical Labour controlled Council frittering money cos you know its not yours
and why not START CHARGING DISABLED DRIVERS TO PARK IN ANY CAR PARK as they park where the want with no re coarse,if they can walk to town they can walk to the meter,stop blue disc s saving you more
give us our town back

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I am very disappointed that DBC have even considered the charging for Disabled parking in off-road parking areas, as a cost to the community, rather than a valuable service for vulnerable council tax payers. This proposal shows that DBC, who have supported the disabled and vulnerable community for so long and who have been considered as champions, can be so quick to unravel all their previous good work for money. This action will drive badge holders to park on road perhaps causing congestion problems. I have just had my second spinal operation and am recovering slowly being 65, without the access to Disabled parking I would not be able to shop in Darlington Town centre. As for the blue badge system being abused by friends and family of badge holders, really, well catch them and fine them. Try parking in ASDA/Morrisons on a Saturday when all the disabled bays are full of non badge holders (just popping in for a minute)or (giving verbal abuse to complainers) without anyone giving a damn, so much for the EA2010 and E&D training for all.

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I strongly disagree with the proposal to charge me to park in council car parks. For example, I am wheelchair bound and the only way I can visit the dolphin centre is to get my family to drive me to the town hall car park and use the disabled spaces at the top of hill from where they can push me up the hill to the dolphin centre (even this is a struggle for my daughter due to the incline). Why should I be penalised for being disabled and not able to walk from further afield? Yes if I could walk I could park for free at Sainsburys or on the edge of town and walk in but I can't and it is too far for my family to push me from there. We may also drive from there to another car park in another part of town to visit shops and your proposal seems to suggest I would have to pay again - totally unfair in my opinion. No I don''t want to end up having to park on-road on yellow lines clogging up the town and find it much harder to get in and out of my car from road over kerb to pavement. I need to use the car parks and I need it to be free,.

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Letter about the proposed charges to blue badge parking

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This is a transcription of a comment made during the public meetings held during the budget consultation:

Q: Can you look again at disabled parking charges., I don’t mind paying to park but as a disabled driver I sometimes have to park in a number of different places and I am led to believe I will have to pay every time I go into a different car park so in three hours I could be paying there times. Is there anyway you could get round that?

A: You are right tickets are non-transferable but it’s an interesting point and one I will discuss with you further as that is a particular problem.

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Letter from Jenny Chapman, MP for Darlington, regarding blue badge parking

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I write to you because I received a questionnaire about proposals to begin to charge for the use of blue badges in council carparks. There was a suggestion on the questionnaire to get in touch with your ward councillors, hence this email. I feel that this is a decision that has already been taken, like so much of what I see hear currently and that this is just a process that is paying lip service to a decision made in stone, but I feel I should fight and try to be heard and wondered if you could help? I have been invited to attend a meeting about it today, the organisation of which I think says a lot about not understanding the needs os disabled people or about just following through with what you've said you'd do! The meeting is at 11am. It is now 9.40 am. I am still awaiting the email which we would receive once we'd confirmed attendance in which we would be told where to report.... I'm not sure if I'll get a chance to speak. If I do, this is what I'd like to say: The social model of disability says that disability is caused by the way society is organised, rather than by a person's impairment or difference. It looks at ways of removing barriers that restrict life choices for disabled people. I do not have a choice. An able-bodied person has a choice about whether to pay and be nearer to town, or to save their money and walk further. I do not have that choice. I physically can't. And now you're proposing to charge me for something, that due to my disability, I have absolutely and utterly no choice but to pay. I can't choose to park in a place that is equally as close but isn't a carpark as that does not exist - within my walking distance it's all carpark! Again I have no choice, if I'm to access work, shops or leisure facilities, I have to to park in a council carpark. I work 3 days a week at minimum wage. I would be better off taking benefits. Work has a serious impact on my health but I want to work and to make a contribution to society. To park just for work, not for leisure or shopping, it will cost me a minimum of £4 multiplied by 3 days multiplied by 52 weeks a year which is £624.00. I can not afford that purely so I can access my place of work. This proposal will force me to give up work. This is without needing or wanting, which I'm sure is something I shouldn't be denied either, to come to town to buy goods or meet friends or access the dolphin centre or library. Able-bodied people can choose to pay or not. Can choose where they park. I can't reach the town centre without parking in a town centre carpark. This will mean I can't afford to access any services. You say it will bring us in line with other town centres. I can park in the centre of both Middlesbrough and Newcastle. Your direct competitors. I visited my sister in Scunthorpe just this weekend and using my blue badge, in a council carpark, again the only way for me to access the town, was free. On the gov.uk website there was a press release entitled High street could be boosted by £212 billion ‘purple pound’ by attracting disabled people and their families Which if these charges are imposed you will not see a penny of! That's not a threat, I will not be able to afford to come to town. I will order online and save my strength for trips elsewhere. You are discriminating against me due to my disability. You are placing huge barriers in the way of me accessing society. You are creating a financial barrier which will stop me accessing my place of work. You are creating a financial barrier to me accessing leisure or shopping facilities. Due to your complete dominance of land directly surrounding the town centre you are denying me, a tax payer who takes not a single penny from the state, access to the town in which I live. Thank you for taking the time to read this email. I hope the above demonstrates what a huge impact this change would have upon me.

Core AH5 (Adult Direct Payments to Personal Budget Costs)
Cut C05 (Cease Vulnerable Adults Floating Support)
Cut C09 (Cease funding to Gay Advice Darlington and for DAD Information Post)
Core CYP4 (Early Help Model Revised)
Cut Hu01 (Childrens Centres, Early Help and intervention - Specialist Family Support)
Core LLE18 (Concessionary Fares)
Cut W03 (Library Service Mobile Library)
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Darlington Association on Disability response

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