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Newtown blue badge holders warned over renewals

Created on 10/04/2019 @ 15:42
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Blue badge holders in Newtown are being urged to check the renewal date as Powys County Council will now be reminding them.

If they are overdue, the holder could face parking fines.

Due to costs, Powys County Council, has said that it will not be sending out reminders.

The Liberal Democrat and Green Group has asked that the Independent/Conservative Ruling Group to re-think this decision.

This is because the Lib Dem/Green group believes that Blue Badge holders could lose their permits without realising.

Cllr James Gibson-Watt, Leader of the Lib Dem/Greens, said: “In the first place, I want to make sure that Blue Badge holders are aware that reminder letters will no longer be sent.

“The change doesn’t seem to have been advertised properly and there is a real risk that people’s permits will expire without them realising. I’m also urging the Cabinet to reconsider this change.

“Concerns have been raised with me about what the changes will mean for Blue Badge holders, it may become an unnecessary barrier that prevents people who need help from getting it.”

A spokesperson for the county council said: “We no longer send out reminders due to the costs associated with posting out the reminder letters.

“It is up to the blue badge holder to ensure that they have a valid blue badge, which has the expiry date printed on the badge.”

Moves to charge blue badge holders for parking in council owned car parks were part of the discussion surrounding this year’s Budget.

A consultation into the changes was held in the summer of 2018.

It was thought that having Blue Badge holders pay for parking in county council run car parks would have saved the authority £100,000 a year.

Eventually plans for charging blue badges were dropped.

By Elgan Hearn, Local Democracy Reporter


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