Council backs down on removal of disabled parking

Lancaster Town Hall.
Lancaster Town Hall.

Concern about the removal of disabled parking in Lancaster city centre has forced the county council to withdraw the current proposals.

The Experimental Traffic Regulation Order was due to come into effect on Monday 3 March.

However, in response to concerns raised by Blue Badge holders, the county council has decided not to bring in these plans and to carry out more in-depth consultation instead.

Eric Benniston, from Caton, said he was delighted with the decision.

He said: “I’m absolutely over the moon. Any consultation is better than what we were facing, and I’m looking forward to putting my views forward.

“I’d just like to thank county councillors Joan Jackson and Sandra Perkins for their help with this.”

The county council will now form a consultation group made up of partner organisations, representatives from disabled people’s groups and businesses, to discuss what form future traffic plans in the city centre will take.

Phil Barrett, director of Lancashire Highway Services, said: “We are planning to bring in the new scheme as an experiment to help reduce traffic and improve the way parking is managed in the city centre. However the recent delay, due to an advertising error, meant we could take further account of concerns raised by Blue Badge users and local disabled groups.

“We’ve listened to what they’ve said and instead of bringing in the experimental traffic order, we’re going to carry out a more in-depth consultation.

“There is no doubt that action needs to be taken so we can reduce traffic and make the best use of the space available throughout the city centre for the benefit of all, residents and visitors alike.

“We will be working closely with partner agencies over the next few months, before we decide which experimental scheme we put in