Council seeks feedback on blue badge bays
Drivers are being asked for their views about the loss of disabled parking bays when the charter market is held on Marygate in Berwick.
Market traders take up the seven disabled parking bays outside Home Bargains every Saturday.
Berwick Town Council, having been told about the issue at a meeting earlier this year, is now asking stakeholders what they think.
Clerk Gareth Davies said: “We are particularly interested to hear from blue badge holders if the loss of seven disabled parking bays in Marygate on charter market days causes them significant difficulties and if they are aware of all the alternative parking options that blue badge holders have in the town centre.
“We have drawn together some background information relating to this issue and have identified three possible options for consideration to mitigate the impact on disabled parking bay users during charter market days and the council are now seeking and would welcome any feedback from stakeholders on these options.”
The first option being considered is reducing the disabled parking bays available for use by market traders from seven to five. This option would result in a reduced number of stalls and a loss of around £1,500 per year income to the council, while there are potential health and safety issues with motorists using the bays in close proximity to the market stalls.
The second option would be to use the loading bays on Marygate and the taxi rank on Walkergate as temporary disabled bays on charter market days. This option may however cause problems for shop owners who need to use the loading bays on market days,
The third option is keeping the current arrangements and promoting the use of alternative parking options available to blue badge holders on charter marlet days.
There are 16,859 blue badge holders in Northumberland.
An online response form is available using the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/TADBCTYBe0zLRvC13