Parking for Blue Badge Holders
The Blue Badge Scheme provides a range of parking concessions for people with severe mobility problems who have difficulty using public transport. The badge enables holders to park close to where they need to go. The scheme operates throughout the UK, and is administered by local authorities who deal with applications and issue badges.
The DfT Blue badge scheme webpage explains the Blue Badge Scheme regarding parking concessions for disabled and blind people.
Disabled Parking in the Council's Car Parks
Disabled people are able to park free of charge in any of the parking bays in all of the Council's car parks, provided that they display their Blue Badge, subject to the following restrictions:
- Parking within the borough's short stay car parks is subject to a 3 hour time limit. The disabled clock and badge (expiry date clearly visible) are required to be displayed with the clock set at the time of arrival.
- Parking in the long stay car parks is available all day, subject to the opening and closure times of the car parks
The majority of council car parks have specific disabled parking spaces, however Blue Badge holders are not restricted to the disabled bays and are able to park in any of the normal bays free of charge.
On Street Parking
Badge holders may park free of charge and without time limit at on street “pay and display” machines unless a local traffic order is in force. Signs explaining any restrictions will be in place. The Blue Badge must be displayed face upwards showing the expiry date.
Badge holders may also park on single or double yellow lines for up to three hours except where loading or unloading is restricted.
Where parking is limited to a specified time as denoted by signs, for example parking limited to 30 minutes no return in 30 minutes, disabled badge holders may park without time limit. The disabled badge must be displayed.
In addition there are disabled parking spaces available in the town centre locations.
Please note that at some of these locations a time restriction may apply during certain hours. Please check the signs and display your disabled badge and if a time limit applies set the clock correctly.
Please consult your Blue Badge Scheme Booklet for full conditions of use.
Where not to park on street
The following restrictions apply:
- During the time a loading or unloading ban is in force.
- Where there are double white lines in the centre of the road.
- In a bus or tram lane during its hours of operation.
- In a cycle lane.
- On pedestrian crossings and on zig zag markings approaching pedestrian crossings.
- In bays reserved for specific users e.g. permit holders, loading bays, taxis, cycles
- On school "keep clear" markings
About the Blue Badge Scheme
Further restrictions are given in detail in the blue badge scheme booklet.
Badge holders are advised to refer to the disabled blue badge handbook as to where they can and cannot park using the disabled badge.
Information on the blue badge scheme booklet is available from DirectGov