Disabled spaces double in Cheltenham's Car Parks

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Disabled spaces double in Cheltenham's Car Parks

Cheltenham now has 55 designated off street disabled bays spread around its car parks; previously only 28 spaces were available. Valid Blue Badge Holders can park all day free of charge in any council off street car park, at all times as long as their badge is displayed.

Jason Benjamin, parking manager for Cheltenham Borough Council, said: "Last year we set ourselves a target to have designated disabled parking bays in every council off street car park, in order to comply with the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act 2005. We are pleased to say that we have now met this target for our customers and will also be reviewing this provision on a regular basis."

Hilary James, chair person from Cheltenham Disability Forum, says: "The Cheltenham Disability Forum would like to thank the council for taking the new Disability Discrimination Act 2005 seriously and designating 55 new off-street car parking bays. It will encourage many disabled residents and visitors to come to Cheltenham and make their visit more enjoyable and a lot easier."

Cllr Rob Garnham, cabinet member for environment, says: "Completion of this work is excellent news and shows that Cheltenham Borough Council is fully behind providing facilities for those with disabilities. Better access, more spaces and ongoing maintenance of parking spaces are all things the public have been asking for and we are glad to meet those demands.

"The council works closely with disability groups and we are always prepared to listen to suggestions as to how we can better meet their special requirements."

Posted : 19/04/2007 14:35:40

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