Solihull Lib Dems have been fighting to ensure road changes in Solihull due to the coronavirus pandemic don't disadvantage blue badge holders.
In the June 'Environment and Highways' decision session plans were presented for temporary changes to Solihull roads in order to aid social distancing around the town centre.
These plans included new one way systems, lane closures and suspension of parking bays around the borough to aid social distanced walking and cycling routes.
Whilst we understand and support the proposals to keep Silhillians safe in the main, we were concerned about the closure of all of the disabled parking bays on Drury Lane. These bays are well used and by removing them we were very concerned that this would disadvantage blue badge holders who may be unable to walk to the nearest alternative.
Cllr Kathryn Thomas, our representative on the Environment and Highways board said,
"As I read the proposals in the Active Travel Recovery Plan I was particularly concerned with their impact on the availability of disabled parking spaces, especially as I thought at the time, that the measures were intended to be permanent.
I went to view the affected streets and I spent some time drawing up alternative proposals, which aid social distancing, whilst retaining the disabled parking spaces. I shared these with council officers ahead of the cabinet meeting.
At the cabinet meeting, I shared my concerns on the subject, as I'm all too aware how much difference the extra meters can make.
Anyway, I was delighted to learn that the council acted upon the concerns I raised and instead of fully closing these streets for disabled parking, has closed off a percentage of the parking spaces instead.
I'm pleased that the council agreed to compromise on this matter and that some disabled bays will still be available to residents."
The measures are intended to be temporary and are being reviewed by council officers. We still have concerns about the reduction of spaces but understand that on this occasion it was necessary to help keep residents safe.
We are continuing to pass on resident concerns on this matter to Council Officers who are reviewing the scheme. If you would like your views to be presented then you can get in touch with one of our Councillors by clicking here.
You can find more information about the changes on the council website here.