Proposals to make disabled drivers pay dropped

Daily Echo: Proposals to make disabled drivers pay dropped Proposals to make disabled drivers pay dropped

CIVIC Chiefs have dropped controversial plans to make disabled drivers pay to park in the New Forest.

Cabinet members have approved proposals to freeze parking charges for another 12 months and to continue not to charge Blue Badge owners.

New Forest District Council also announced plans to replace car parking meters and introduce a swipe card system to make parking in the New Forest easier.

As reported in yesterday’s Daily Echo, councillors were set to back down over the plans to charge Blue Badge holders A report to the district council’s ruling cabinet stated that Cllr Paul Vickers, cabinet for member for planning and transport, considered it would be an “unreasonable” change in the current economic climate.

The plans to introduce the charges in council-run car parks in a bid to boost the council’s annual income by at least £75,000 were revealed to the Daily Echo last year.

The charges were criticised by groups like Age Concern and New Forest Access for All and it even saw two Tory councillors, Chris Lagdon and Ron Scrivens defect to UKIP in protest against the controversial charges.

Council leader Barry Rickman said: “I’m very pleased we made the decision. It’s good for residents, good for businesses and the tourist industry and good for the disabled.”

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11:23am Thu 6 Feb 14

SotonLad says...

I thought the Blue Badge scheme was about providing larger more convenient parking spaces for those with mobility issues?

Why should they park for free?! Wrong decision.
I thought the Blue Badge scheme was about providing larger more convenient parking spaces for those with mobility issues? Why should they park for free?! Wrong decision. SotonLad

12:41pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Linesman says...

SotonLad wrote:
I thought the Blue Badge scheme was about providing larger more convenient parking spaces for those with mobility issues?

Why should they park for free?! Wrong decision.
Do you begrudge a disabled person having free parking?

When you see a person with a blue badge, parking for free, do you wish that you were disabled so that you did not have to pay?

I don't.

I consider myself extremely fortunate to enjoy good health and mobility.

I also think to myself, if I should suffer an accident or illness and get a blue badge, I would appreciate that bit of consideration.

Just think. It could be you, at some time in the future, that has a blue badge.
[quote][p][bold]SotonLad[/bold] wrote: I thought the Blue Badge scheme was about providing larger more convenient parking spaces for those with mobility issues? Why should they park for free?! Wrong decision.[/p][/quote]Do you begrudge a disabled person having free parking? When you see a person with a blue badge, parking for free, do you wish that you were disabled so that you did not have to pay? I don't. I consider myself extremely fortunate to enjoy good health and mobility. I also think to myself, if I should suffer an accident or illness and get a blue badge, I would appreciate that bit of consideration. Just think. It could be you, at some time in the future, that has a blue badge. Linesman

2:20pm Thu 6 Feb 14

gilbertratchet says...

Linesman wrote:
SotonLad wrote:
I thought the Blue Badge scheme was about providing larger more convenient parking spaces for those with mobility issues?

Why should they park for free?! Wrong decision.
Do you begrudge a disabled person having free parking?

When you see a person with a blue badge, parking for free, do you wish that you were disabled so that you did not have to pay?

I don't.

I consider myself extremely fortunate to enjoy good health and mobility.

I also think to myself, if I should suffer an accident or illness and get a blue badge, I would appreciate that bit of consideration.

Just think. It could be you, at some time in the future, that has a blue badge.
Being disabled doesn't equate to being some penniless pauper charity case, though. That's the point. Why SHOULD they get free parking? Is it some patronising compensation for their lack of mobility? Something to remind them they're lesser beings to the rest of us?
[quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SotonLad[/bold] wrote: I thought the Blue Badge scheme was about providing larger more convenient parking spaces for those with mobility issues? Why should they park for free?! Wrong decision.[/p][/quote]Do you begrudge a disabled person having free parking? When you see a person with a blue badge, parking for free, do you wish that you were disabled so that you did not have to pay? I don't. I consider myself extremely fortunate to enjoy good health and mobility. I also think to myself, if I should suffer an accident or illness and get a blue badge, I would appreciate that bit of consideration. Just think. It could be you, at some time in the future, that has a blue badge.[/p][/quote]Being disabled doesn't equate to being some penniless pauper charity case, though. That's the point. Why SHOULD they get free parking? Is it some patronising compensation for their lack of mobility? Something to remind them they're lesser beings to the rest of us? gilbertratchet

7:02pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Turtlebay says...

In many parts of the New Forest area, able-bodied drivers use the disabled spaces without a thought to their actions.

In particular there are many selfish able-bodied drivers who use the Disabled space outside the Tesco Express store in Old Milton Road, New Milton.

Why are they so pig headed?
In many parts of the New Forest area, able-bodied drivers use the disabled spaces without a thought to their actions. In particular there are many selfish able-bodied drivers who use the Disabled space outside the Tesco Express store in Old Milton Road, New Milton. Why are they so pig headed? Turtlebay

6:21pm Sun 9 Feb 14

BeyondImagination says...

gilbertratchet wrote:
Linesman wrote:
SotonLad wrote:
I thought the Blue Badge scheme was about providing larger more convenient parking spaces for those with mobility issues?

Why should they park for free?! Wrong decision.
Do you begrudge a disabled person having free parking?

When you see a person with a blue badge, parking for free, do you wish that you were disabled so that you did not have to pay?

I don't.

I consider myself extremely fortunate to enjoy good health and mobility.

I also think to myself, if I should suffer an accident or illness and get a blue badge, I would appreciate that bit of consideration.

Just think. It could be you, at some time in the future, that has a blue badge.
Being disabled doesn't equate to being some penniless pauper charity case, though. That's the point. Why SHOULD they get free parking? Is it some patronising compensation for their lack of mobility? Something to remind them they're lesser beings to the rest of us?
I can't see any disabled people striving to be a lesser person than you.
[quote][p][bold]gilbertratchet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SotonLad[/bold] wrote: I thought the Blue Badge scheme was about providing larger more convenient parking spaces for those with mobility issues? Why should they park for free?! Wrong decision.[/p][/quote]Do you begrudge a disabled person having free parking? When you see a person with a blue badge, parking for free, do you wish that you were disabled so that you did not have to pay? I don't. I consider myself extremely fortunate to enjoy good health and mobility. I also think to myself, if I should suffer an accident or illness and get a blue badge, I would appreciate that bit of consideration. Just think. It could be you, at some time in the future, that has a blue badge.[/p][/quote]Being disabled doesn't equate to being some penniless pauper charity case, though. That's the point. Why SHOULD they get free parking? Is it some patronising compensation for their lack of mobility? Something to remind them they're lesser beings to the rest of us?[/p][/quote]I can't see any disabled people striving to be a lesser person than you. BeyondImagination

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