Friday 23rd March 2018
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Disabled bay

A blue badge holder may apply for a parking place close to their home, subject to meeting certain criteria. The council will consider the application.

A resident may apply for a disabled persons parking bay close to their home that can only be used by the holder of a blue badge.

In each case, the parking place will be sited as near as possible to the relevant building but we have to take the following into consideration:

  • traffic flow
  • the interests of the owners and occupiers of adjoining properties
  • access to premises
  • road safety
  • width of road

Any blue badge holder is able to park in a disabled parking bay. As a blue badge holder, to obtain a new disabled parking bay (for use by any blue badge holder) a successful application must be made which demonstrates certain qualification criteria. To qualify for a disabled parking bay, you must first hold a valid blue badge and:

  • demonstrate a genuine need for the bay requested (find it difficult to park near your home for a major portion of the day)
  • not have access to private parking within or near the premises

You can download and complete the application form and send it to us at the address above.

We will make every effort to deal with applications as quickly as possible. However, putting in parking places involves consultation with local people and statutory bodies as well as the production and publication of traffic management orders. An application will take a minimum of 3 months to process.

Please read these notes carefully before requesting/downloading an application form.

  1. Disabled persons parking bays can legally be provided on the public highway for disabled persons who have serious difficulties in walking.
  2. Any person wishing to apply for a bay should be the holder of a current disabled persons badge, be in receipt of the higher rate mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance and shall usually be the driver of the vehicle needing space. Any exception to this should be stated in writing and accompanying this application.
  3. A council officer will assess the highway conditions and carry out informed local consultations before proceeding. The application will be assessed and processed, subject to sufficient funding being available for the legally necessary traffic regulation order.
  4. The Head of Engineering and Transportation will promote a formal traffic regulation order to control the way the bay is used. This will involve an advertisement in the local press. Anyone objecting to the bay can put forward their views, which have to be considered by an authorised council committee.
  5. If the committee uphold the objections then the bay will not be marked out. If the objections are overruled the traffic regulation order will be formally made and the bay will then be marked out on the road. In considering objections it may be necessary for the committee to hold a site meeting to consider any problems.
  6. Once a traffic regulation order is in place, a regulatory sign or post will be installed and the use of the bay will be restricted to blue badge holders only. Parking attendants can then legally enforce these bays and may issue penalty charge notices to vehicles not displaying a valid blue badge whilst parked in the bay.
  7. It should be noted that the applicant will not have exclusive rights to the parking bay. Anyone holding a valid blue badge may park in the bay and cannot be moved on by parking attendants.
  8. It is the duty of the applicant to inform the Head of Engineering and Transportation of any changes in their circumstances.
  9. Please ensure that you have completed all of the form before sending it. Errors and/or omissions may result in delays in processing your application.



 Contact information

Traffic engineering team
Tel: 01582 546276
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