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Disabled parking bays provide on street parking for blue badge holders who do not have access to off street parking such as a drive or garage. These bays are not person specific and can be used by any blue badge holder. Please note that these bays are simply markings on the ground with no legal standing, and if the bay is ignored by other motorists we cannot take any further action. However, most motorists appreciate the purpose of the bay and leave them clear for the people who need them.
If you feel you meet the above criteria and would like to apply for a disabled parking bay, then please complete an application form which is available to download at the bottom of this page. Once completed, please return it along with the required supporting documents to:
Parking Strategy and Implementation Team
Residents who have a disabled bay will occasionally be sent a letter asking them to confirm that their bay is still required by a disabled badge holder. A letter will also be sent to local residents if the council is informed that a bay is no longer required (e.g. because the disabled resident has moved away). In this case we send the letters to find out if any other local residents require the bay. If we do not have any further purpose for the bay we will look to remove the markings.
Applicants that require a disabled bay to be repainted will need to re-apply and fill in a new application form. We do this to ensure that the applicant still meets the eligibility requirements and to ensure the bay is still in a suitable position.
Yes, as long as you meet the eligibility requirements, we will still consider your application. We do also have to consider the amount of parking space available for all the residents in the road. When an engineer completes the site visit they will determine if there is a suitable location for another bay or not.
No, we do not currently charge for disabled bays.
Please provide the street name and town of where the disabled bay is and why it is no longer required. We will need to confirm this information is accurate before removing the markings.
Please note that requests for a removal of a disabled bay will become part of a large list of works that need to be carried out across the county, so it may be some months before the bay is removed.
This process is not always an option and depends on many different factors, including its distance from other formal parking restrictions. Your request would need to be added to the next parking review for the relevant borough/district.
When a disabled bay is enforceable it will have a sign next to it with the words 'disabled badge holders only'. Enforceable disabled bays will have a legal traffic order and are enforced by civil enforcement officers employed by the local borough or district council. Anyone parked in an enforceable disabled bay not displaying a valid blue badge may receive a penalty charge notice.
The disabled parking bay may appear to be larger than the average vehicle. This is because any blue badge holder can use the bay, and it has to allow for vehicles of all shapes and sizes. The long length of the bay allows for easy access to the rear part of a vehicle.