Monday, 28 June 2010

Gibson demands Council action on blue badges and disabled parking bays

News release
Immediate release

Highlands and Islands SNP MSP has written to Lib Dem leader of the Highland Council administration regarding the issue of blue badges and disabled parking areas.

Mr Gibson wrote to Mr Foxley after he was contacted by constituent who raised concerns regarding the fact that Highland Council has begun charging for Blue Badges and the reduction in disabled parking spaces in Inverness.

Mr Gibson said….

"I understand that this new charge agreed by the Highland Council was in response to people abusing the Blue Badge system. However I would like to know what action the Council has taken to root out these abuses since the decision was made last year to charge for this essential service. I hope that the legitimate badge holders are not being penalised because alleged abusers of the system have not been identified and dealt with."

"I have asked Michael Foxley what measures are proposed to ensure disabled drivers who actually need the Blue Badges can get the proper support."

" I am led to believe that the new layout in Inverness has led to a reduced amount of disabled parking spaces in and around the city. Also Rose Street Multi - Storey Car Par disabled bays on the ground floor now have a barrier to negotiate for those leaving the car park. This is unacceptable and should be dealt with."

"I hope that the Council are actively pursuing these matters which were raised by my constituents. Disabled and blue badge holders deserve to be supported.


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