PROPOSALS to charge for disabled people to park their cars and change the way free parking permits work within the Derbyshire Dales are to be top of the agenda at an up-coming meeting of Ashbourne 50 Plus Forum.
The campaign group, which lobbies for improved services across the Ashbourne area, will meet at The Waterside Centre at 10am on Friday, March 22.
Former chairman of the group, Andrea Cooke, said: “Paul Wilson, director of planning and housing and chairman of the car parking review team, will be discussing the proposed changes to car parking charges and use of car park spaces. Changes could include charges for disabled parking, amendments to residents’ free parking permitsand a proposed barrier system.
“The district council rely heavily on car park receipts to keep our rates at a reasonable level and it is a main source of income.
“This is an opportunity for you to have your say if you feel strongly about parking in Ashbourne then please come and voice your opinions.”
Parking and car parking charges have long been a controversial subject in Ashbourne and the car parking review, which was welcomed by Ashbourne Traders Group, could see a raft of alterations to parking within the town.
Formal consultation on specific proposals to alter car parking in the Derbyshire Dales will take place between Monday, April 8 and Friday, May 3. Derbyshire Dales District Council issued questionnaires on car parking at a number of area community forums in recent months and these are still available online.
The forum will also hear from Simon Keeling who is service manager for the Campaign Tackling Acquired Deafness (CAMTAD). Mr Keeling will demonstrate various new ways to assist people who cannot hear as well as discussing the difficulties facing people who cannot access a hearing loop system in public places. Children from the Royal School for the Deaf will sing in sign language before a hearing workshop at St Oswald’s Hospital.
To find out more about the car parking review visit: http://www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/your-council/consultations/current-consultations/car-parking-review