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Council Opens Up Free Parking For Disabled in Town Centre

Published on: 17 Oct, 2020
Updated on: 19 Oct, 2020

Disabled Bays at the bottom of Guildford High Street: photo GBC

The borough council is removing all temporary barriers blocking disabled parking spaces on the High Street and clarifying conditions to help the vulnerable.

Cllr Julia McShane

Cllr Julia McShane, lead for the Community, said: “We worked with our Business Improvement District, Experience Guildford and our own partners to ensure the town centre reopened safely after lockdown.

“We followed government guidelines and introduced wider pavements with temporary pedestrian barriers to create more space for visitors to socially distance. This meant closing a number of parking bays, including disability parking spaces.

“To make sure the town is accessible to those with disabilities, we offer blue badge holders parking benefits.”

These are:

  • Parking on any double or single yellow line for up to three hours (unless there are loading restrictions);
  • Free parking in any on-street pay-and-display bay, resident or dual-use bay with no time limits; and
  • As well as bays in car parks, disabled badge holders can park free of charge in any space for an unlimited time.

Cllr McShane added: “Guildford is an inclusive and accessible borough and we are here to help. You can find more information about the disabled spaces and on-street parking here: www.guildford.gov.uk/article/16810/Disabled-parking-.”

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