Dear Wokingham Borough Council,

1) Please provide a map of all Blue Badge (BB) Bays in Town Centre and confirm the number of Blue Badge Bays,

2) Please confirm if the Blue Badge Bays are full on day what provision is made for Blue Badge Holders to park at alternative provision in the Town Centre.

3) Please confirm if BB Holders are allowed to park in resident parking zones owned and operated by the council? If not please confirm why not as this varies from council and provide copies of the internal minutes/ consultations undertaken/ transport decision agreements which led to policy and practice adoption that BB Holders will not be allowed to park in council owned resident parking zones.

Yours faithfully,

M Jones

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RE: Information Request Ref No: 15901

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Dear Mr M Jones,

RE: Freedom of Information Request Ref No: 15901

Thank you for your recent communication.

1. Please provide a map of all Blue Badge (BB) Bays in Town Centre and confirm the number of Blue Badge Bays
Maps available here so we are applying Section 21 (already accessible):

https://www.wokingham.gov.uk/local-offer...

https://bluebadgeparking.com/view/51.396...

We also provide Disabled parking spaces in our Town centre car parks.
Carnival Multi-storey: 20
Civic Offices, Shute End: 16 (No public parking 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday)
Cockpit Path: 4
Denmark Street: 11
Easthampstead Road (West): 1
Easthampstead Road (East): 3
Rose Street: 4

2. Please confirm if the Blue Badge Bays are full on day what provision is made for Blue Badge Holders to park at alternative provision in the Town Centre.
https://www.wokingham.gov.uk/parking-and...

Disabled badge holders can park on Double yellow lines where no other restrictions such as loading bans are in place. They can also use limited waiting bays providing they display a valid blue badge and a time clock for a 3 hour period. In our car parks you can park in any other bay providing you park within the bay markings and display a valid blue badge. You cannot use any bay that is restricted to permit holders without a permit as well as a blue badge.

3. Please confirm if BB Holders are allowed to park in resident parking zones owned and operated by the council? If not please confirm why not as this varies from council and provide copies of the internal minutes/ consultations undertaken/ transport decision agreements which led to policy and practice adoption that BB Holders will not be allowed to park in council owned resident parking zones.
Blue badge holders cannot use a Residents only parking zone without a Valid Permit and a blue badge as per the Residents parking scheme Traffic regulation Order. Residents with Blue badges are provided with a permit at no cost.

Blue badge holders are not entitled to use Goods vehicle loading only bays or Double yellow lines with a loading ban in place at specific times (Single kerb marking and time plate) or at all times (Double kerb markings at all times).

For further information on exemptions, please visit https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/gui...

If you are dissatisfied with our response, you can request for it to be reviewed by contacting the Council’s Legal Services at Wokingham Borough Council via; Information Services, Civic Offices, Shute End, Wokingham, RG40 1BN, or e-mailing [Wokingham Borough Council request email] detailing the reasons why you are dissatisfied with the response. Please address your correspondence to Shared Legal Solutions.

If you remain dissatisfied following the review, you have the option to escalate the decision to the Information Commissioner at https://ico.org.uk/

Yours sincerely

Stuart Bignell
Information Governance Team
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