Disabled drivers hit hard by parking ban

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Disabled drivers say they will struggle to access city centre shops after the city council introduced a temporary ban on parking in the pedestrianised zone.

Lancashire County Council has introduced an experimental traffic regulation order (ETRO) from March 3 as part of the Square Routes improvement works to the city centre.

As well as restricting goods vehicles entering the zone, the 18-month temporary order means disabled parking spaces have been lost from the centre of town, with replacement spaces made available in St Nicholas Arcades.

Disabled drivers can also park for free in any council car park.

Charlie Brown, 82, from Galgate, said he will no longer be able to shop in Lancaster because he won’t be able to park near enough to the shops.

“As far as I am concerned the council is kicking the old folk out of town,” he said.

“I am being classed as a second class citizen and I won’t be going into town any more.”

Harry Caton, 85, from Scotforth, said he needs to park in the centre of town as he can only walk a few metres.

“I have very bad mobility and need to park close to the shops.

“All the alternative proposals are no use to me at all.”

Fellow resident Mike Yates said: “I am unable to walk very far and they have basically made me a criminal if I enter the town I have lived in for 62 years. So much for the council consulting people.”

The ETRO was due to start this week but has been postponed due to an administrative error in the advertisement of the order.

If you wish to provide your support or object to the changes to the access restrictions and the ETRO, you can email tro-consultation@lancashire.gov.uk or write to County Secretary & Solicitor, Lancashire County Council, PO Box 78, County Hall, Preston, PR1 8XJ, stating the reference numbers LSG4/5.49419/RH3 or LSG4/5.49420.