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Will the new blue badge scheme affect Norfolk?

Will the new blue badge scheme affect Norfolk?

Published by KLFM
1:22pm 3rd September 2019.

You may have seen already there has been a shake up to the Blue Badge Scheme.

People with invisible disabilities can now apply for them too.

This has generally been seen as a positive move but it might also mean that councils will have to make sure there are enough disabled parking spaces to keep up with the demand. 

wheelchair

The Local Government Association said councils regularly review parking.Currently, about 2.35 million people with physical disabilities in England have a blue badge.

KLFM asked the new disability champion of King's Lynn and West Norfolk, Lesley Bambridge, whether she thought this was a good change.

 

She lives with lipoedema, a painful chronic condition that affects you from the waist down:

"I think that's an excellent thing.

"I have not registered as disabled so I haven't got a blue badge but I do think it could be useful for me because I don't know whether in five years time I might not be able to walk and might be in a wheelchair. 

Lesley bambridge
Lesley Bambridge is the new disability champion for King's Lynn and West Norfolk

"My walking can be difficult and so if I could be nearer to some places then that would be a lot easier so I will be looking at that."

She said if it starts to mean that spaces are harder to come by, she would talk to the council:

"In the paid-for car parks people still have to pay even if they have a blue badge then if there is a need I'm sure that I could help persuade the powers that be in local councils that maybe there should be more bays so that we can accommodate more blue badge holders."

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