2BR News

Contact the News Team:
Tel: 01254 350360

Consultation on disabled bays outside homes in Blackburn with Darwen

disabled space google maps

4:04pm 27th November 2018
(Updated 4:11pm 27th November 2018)

Spiralling costs could lead to changes to disabled parking bays outside peoples’ homes in Blackburn with Darwen.

By Local Democracy Reporter Jonathan Grieve

The council has launched a six-week consultation as it looks to come up with a new policy for the scheme, which has seen more than 1,000 new disabled parking bays created since 2000.

Council bosses say the cost of the scheme, which is rising, is unaffordable.

And people will be asked whether the council should charge people who apply to have disabled bays installed outside their homes.

Executive member for regeneration, Cllr Phil Riley, said the total cost of processing applications, obtaining the relevant documents, carrying out an on-site visit, consulting with neighbours, installing the pole and sign and marking out the bay on the public highway is £1,128 per bay.

There is currently no charge for providing the bays and therefore none of these costs are being recouped.

Cllr Riley added:

“The current policy regarding disabled parking bays in residential areas across Blackburn and Darwen was introduced in 2000, since then, the number of applications for a residential disabled parking bay has increased significantly.

“There are considerable, and increasing, costs and resources spent on the provision of residential disabled parking bays including; the cost of administering the scheme and obtaining the relevant documents from applicants; carrying out on-site inspections to assess the best location for the bay; consulting with neighbours and installing the residential disabled parking bay.

“The increase in residential disabled parking bays has an adverse impact on residents who live on the same street where multiple bays are present as these bays may take up the majority of the available parking space on the street.

“This is also causing traffic congestion in some areas of the borough where there are multiple bays within a short span of the public highway.

“It is proposed to undertake a robust six week public consultation on the council’s current policy for residential disabled parking bays, to inform the options available regarding the future provision of residential disabled parking bays.

“The results of the consultation process along with any proposed amendments to the current policy will be presented to a future executive board meeting.”

disabled badge 1

It is expected the cost of running the consultation will hit the growth and development department’s revenue budget to the tune of about £4,000.

Blackburn with Darwen Council has provided the bays since it became a unitary authority in 1998 and took responsibility for the administration of the public roads.

The current policy was adopted in 2000, since when the council has received 2,003 applications, 1,007 of which have been approved.

Prior to 2010, the bays were supported by a Traffic Regulation Order to regulate use by non-blue badge holders and comply with the legislation.

But now the bays have been approved as advisory and are not enforceable.

Therefore the success of the bay relies on the support of the applicant’s neighbours to ensure the bay is kept available for the applicant.

Cllr Riley added:

“The consultation will focus on the current policy for residential disabled parking bays, identifying issues related to this such as fairness, costs and parking congestion and the impact on traffic flow.

“This is a consultation to inform debate and discussion, firm proposals for a change to the policy have not been drawn up.”

Questionnaires will be sent out directly to households recorded as having a disabled parking bay, while blue badge holders in the borough will also be sent a copy.

They will also be sent directly to all addresses on specific streets in the borough where there are disabled parking bays nearby.

More news from across Lancashire

Contact Us

If you would like to submit a query or provide more information on this story please get in touch below.

Please wait...
  • Up to 3 JPG or PNG images, 2MB max size
  • We will always endeavour to credit you when we publish your pictures.
  • By uploading you are agreeing to this non-exclusive reuse, royalty-free, across all 2BR platforms, which extends to our partner broadcasters.
  • You retain copyright to all images.
  • If you would like to send us a video, please upload to YouTube or similar and paste the video URL into the message above.

Share This Story

Submit this page to reddit
Suggested articles
HOMELESS

Blackburn with Darwen homelessness hits record high

"It is having a huge impact on the town centre"

Sajed Choudry

Man dies after Blackburn attack

It's over 2 weeks since the disturbance on Rhyl Avenue

Most read
girls looking to be adopted

Lancashire sisters looking for a forever home

The search is on to find adoptive parents for the siblings

Suggested Articles

Blackburn with Darwen homelessness hits record high

Local News: "It is having a huge impact on the town centre"

Grime rapper J Hus jailed for carrying knife outside Westfield shopping centre

National News: Award-winning grime rapper J Hus has been jailed for eight months after carrying a 10cm knife outside a major London shopping centre.

Grime rapper J Hus jailed for carrying knife outside Westfield shopping centre

Showbiz: Award-winning grime rapper J Hus has been jailed for eight months after carrying a 10cm knife outside a major London shopping centre.

Man dies after Blackburn attack

Local News: It's over 2 weeks since the disturbance on Rhyl Avenue

Top Articles

Man arrested after attacks in Preston

Local News: A girl was assaulted whilst a woman was attacked

Deaf man learns how to communicate in his 70s

Nepal: In the final episode of 2BR's special report from Nepal, we meet the older Deaf people who've only just learned to communicate.

Uganda Appeal: Re-visiting some of the people 2BR met

Local News: A month on, 2BR has a few updates for you

Gary Anderson through to round three at World Darts Championship

Sport: Gary Anderson kicked off his bid for a hat-trick of World Championship crowns by seeing off Northern Ireland's Kevin Burness in four sets to reach the third round at Alexandra Palace on Friday.

Pop star Shakira charged with tax evasion in Spain

Showbiz: Shakira has been charged with tax evasion in Spain with prosecutors claiming she failed to pay more than €14.5m (£13m) between 2012 and 2014.

Rescued yachtswoman Susie Goodall would do it again 'in a heartbeat'

National News: The British yachtswoman who was stranded after her boat capsized in the Antarctic Ocean has said would do it again "in a heartbeat".

Thailand could become first southeast Asian country to legalise same-sex civil partnerships

World News: Thailand could be the first country in southeast Asia to legally recognise same-sex civil partnerships - if the government approves a new bill this month.

Moneysupermarket compares candidates to succeed chairman

Business News: The price comparison site Moneysupermarket Group has become the latest big British company to begin searching for fresh leadership as new rules loom that will curtail chairs' status as independent directors.

Britons troll New York Times over London crime article

Strange News: Britons have trolled a US newspaper after it claimed petty crime is not dealt with in London.

MORTGAGES: What to expect in 2018

Local News: How you can pay your mortgage off early

Near misses in drowning need to be talked about

Local News: They're the lucky ones - says Lancashire mum

LIVES IN LANCASHIRE: Tom Heaton

Local News: See how the keeper is saving more than just shots in Lancashire

HALF PRICE - Hollywood Star

Non-News: Get your half price voucher for Hollywood Star in Burnley now.

VIDEO Something Worth Fighting For

Local News: You've never seen a journalist do this...

Giant cyclist set to be around for the entire weekend

Local News: The giant artwork on Pendle Hill is in celebration of the Tour of Britain

Losing sleep to care for a family member

Local News: Challenges facing the UK's 700,000 young carers

Most Read

Lancashire sisters looking for a forever home

Local News: The search is on to find adoptive parents for the siblings

Christmas Do Crashers Tatum And Mike 2brs-sleeps-til-santa-2018-with-the-rock-bury-b16d 

@2BR