The City of York Council held its first in-person workshop to discuss the reversal of the blue badge ban on Friday, December 15 at the Friends’ Meeting House in Friargate. Additional workshops will be held as part of the public consultation process, with residents Ann Pask and Katie Scott attending the first workshop. Although neither of them are blue badge holders themselves, they have family members who are, and have witnessed the impact of the ban on these individuals. Both Pask and Scott expressed their opinions on the ban, with Pask calling for a reversal of the policy to make the city more welcoming, and Scott emphasizing the unfriendly nature of the ban and advocating for a timely action to reverse it. Concerns were raised about how access would be restored, and City of York Council plans to reopen some foot streets in the city center to blue badge holders during certain hours. However, the issue of how disabled individuals could be picked up and dropped off by someone without a blue badge remains unclear. The council plans to restore access through Goodramgate and Blake Street, but the exact arrangements for pickup and drop-off are yet to be determined. The consultation aims to listen to residents’ experiences and take their views into account. The next workshop is scheduled for Saturday, December 16, with additional workshops to follow in February and March facilitated by independent access consultants and representatives from the Centre for Human Rights.
The article discusses the public consultation on the reversal of the blue badge ban in York. The City of York Council held its first in-person workshop and plans to hold more workshops to gather public input on the issue. Residents expressed their concerns and hopes for the ban to be reversed. The council plans to restore access to blue badge holders in certain areas, but there are still unanswered questions regarding how disabled individuals could be picked up and dropped off. The consultation aims to consider residents’ experiences and opinions as the council works on a solution.