York City Council votes to permanently close city streets to Blue Badge holders, triggering a legal challenge.

0

York City Council votes to permanently close city streets to Blue Badge holders, prompting a legal challenge.

Due to the permanent implementation of the pedestrian scheme, disabled people will have to share a parking space with Uber and Deliveroo drivers 150 meters outside the city center.

In York, a legal challenge has been filed after the city council voted to close streets to Blue Badge holders permanently, forcing them to share a parking space with Uber and Deliveroo drivers outside of the city center.

The unanimous decision was a “devastating” blow to York’s disabled community, who said it “has changed our lives forever.”

Blue Badge holders were allowed to access and park on pedestrianized areas until 2020, but disabled parking spaces were removed from the city center in June last year as part of emergency Covid-19 legislation.

For the foreseeable future, the council has extended the pedestrian zone, prohibiting Blue Badge holders from entering from 10.30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The council’s GreenLiberal Democrat coalition argued that the measure was made permanent as part of an anti-terrorism measure recommended by the police.

Outside of the city center, it said it would invest in more parking bays for Blue Badge holders.

York Accessibility Action is raising £5000 to fight the motion, which will be used to “pay specialist disability discrimination lawyers to explore whether we have a legal case to challenge the changes that threaten our human rights, independence, and dignity.”

Mick Pythian, a Blue Badge holder, said the nearest car parking space for badge holders was 150 meters from the city center and “unusable” for disabled people.

His wife has been in a wheelchair for 50 years, and he suffers from spinal arthritis and a lung condition, making it difficult for him to push the chair long distances.

The parking spaces will be shared by Uber and Deliveroo delivery vehicles.

“The council put some bays on the far edge of the city centre and has claimed them as mitigation,” Mr Pythian, a member of York Disability Rights Forum, told me.

“All are located within 150 meters of the center and are expected to be shared with delivery vehicles, rendering them inaccessible to disabled people.”

“Disabled people are barred from the city, forcing them to shop in neighboring towns at least 15 miles away.”

“York is no longer a city dedicated to human rights.”

Jane Burton, who has continued to live.

UK news summary from Infosurhoy.

York City Council votes to permanently close city streets to Blue Badge holders, prompting a legal challenge.

Disabled rights: Legal challenge as York Council votes to permanently close city streets to Blue Badge holders

Disabled rights: Legal challenge as York Council votes to permanently close city streets to Blue Badge holders

Comments are closed.