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Disabled Parking Bays


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What is a dedicated disabled parking bay?

Blue Badge holders can ask us for help to park as close to home as possible. We can provide a painted disabled resident’s parking bay.

This is only for residential use where there is no off-street parking near your home. You cannot apply for a space at any other location, such as a family member’s house.

Do I qualify for a disabled parking bay assessment?

You will not qualify for a disabled parking bay if:

  • You already have a driveway
  • It is practical for you to park inside the boundary of your home
  • It is possible to make a parking space inside the boundary of your home
  • You do not drive and have an able bodied carer (We think it’s reasonable to expect your carer to stop for you to get out of the car and then move to a parking spot, or to move your wheelchair to your home from where the car is parked)
  • You live on an unadopted or private road

We might still be able to help with other changes to improve your safety.

You can apply for a Disabled Facilities Grant, which is a means tested award for disabled people living in their own home or privately rented accommodation. This could be used to widen your driveway or put in a hardstanding parking space, for example.

You can apply to be assessed for a disabled parking bay if you:

  • Are a Blue Badge holder
  • Have a car registered at your address and the registered keeper lives there
  • Live at the address for more than 10 months each year
  • Cannot walk or are almost unable to walk
  • Cannot move yourself in a wheelchair or cannot be helped to move in a wheelchair (this includes if your carer has health problems which make it difficult for them to move your wheelchair)
  • Receive the higher rate of Disability Living Allowance for mobility or Personal Independence Payment (if you are under 65 years) or Attendance Allowance (if you are over 65 years)
  • Cannot find parking close to your address for the majority of time on most days

Or if you:

  • Have a disability which requires constant supervision, because you are unaware of danger or have behavioural problems
  • Cannot find parking close to your address for the majority of time on most days

If these apply to you, an Occupational Therapist will check the information you give. If the Occupational Therapist recommends you could benefit from a disabled parking bay, they will send a referral to our Environment, Roads and Facilities department.

Are there places where I can’t have a disabled parking bay?

We need to make sure that a new disabled parking bay would be safe for you and other road users. Even if you qualify to apply for a disabled parking bay, we can’t put one on the road close to your home if:

  • Parking is prohibited
  • The speed limit is more than 40mph
  • Visibility is restricted (for example, on the brow of a hill or close to a junction)
  • The road is too narrow for a delivery vehicle to pass a parked car without mounting the pavement
  • There is any other road safety hazard or the space would cause an obstruction
  • The new parking space increases the total disabled parking on the street to above 5%

Do I need to pay?

Yes. We will ask you for a contribution payment of £455 + VAT. We will not make this charge until the parking bay has been finished.

What is the process?

Step One

An Occupational Therapist will check the information you give. This will include visiting you at your home. They will ask your permission to contact your doctor or consultant if they need more information. If the Occupational Therapist recommends you could benefit from a disabled parking bay, they will send a referral to our Environment, Roads and Facilities department.

Step Two

Our Environment, Roads and Facilities department will come and assess your street to see if we can provide a disabled bay safely. A new parking bay cannot cause a hazard to other road users or disrupt the balance of residents’ parking in the area.

Step Three

If we can offer you a parking bay safely, we will agree the location with you. We might not be able to offer you a space right outside your home, but we’ll put it as close as we can.

Step Four

We will make a Traffic Regulation Order for a disabled parking bay on the highway. This is a legal document that allows us to add the road markings for a disabled bay. It also means that unauthorised drivers who park in the bay can be given a Penalty Charge Notice (parking ticket).

To make a Traffic Regulation Order, we have to advertise in the press and post notices on the street asking for any objections. We have to consider all objections and resolve them before we can start work. If we cannot resolve objections, we may not be able to provide the disabled parking bay.

Step Five

We will come and mark out your new designated resident’s disabled parking bay.

How long does it take?

It can take between 6 months and 18 months from the referral from the Occupational Therapy Service to marking out the parking bay on your road.

How can I apply for a parking bay assessment?

Contact details

Single Point of Access
Single Point of Access Room
Colwyn Leisure Centre
Eirias Park
Abergele Road
Colwyn Bay
Conwy County Borough
LL29 7SP

Email: wellbeing@conwy.gov.uk
Tel: 0300 456 1111
Fax: 01492 576 330

What if I don’t need a parking bay at my address anymore?

If you don’t need a disabled parking space anymore, or the Blue Badge holder doesn’t live at the address now, please let us know by emailing us at erf@conwy.gov.uk.

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