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Removal of Disabled Parking Bays, Glastonbury Tor

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Christopher Bull

Dear Somerset County Council,
Please provide the following information regarding the recent removal of disabled car parking bays at Stone Down Lane (Glastonbury Tor).

1. The Traffic Regulation Order
2. Details of any public consultation regarding the removal of these parking bays including:
(a) the dates of the consultation period
(b) the means of consultation
(c) where roadside notices were posted, when they were posted and when they were removed
(d) where the responses (if any) to the public consultation are available to view (alternatively if you have a summary, please provide it).
3. the minutes of meetings, emails and other correspondence held by SCC where removal of the disabled parking bays were discussed.

It would be helpful if these documents could be made available in electronic format or if they are available online please provide the URLs. Alternatively, if only hard copies are available let me know and I will provide a postal address.

Yours faithfully,

Christopher Bull

Somerset County Council

Somerset County Council Information Request Team
 
 
Information request
Our reference: 7713665
 

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Christopher Bull

I have received in writing the information below from SCC, Traffic Management Public Liaison Officer. However, I believe that this response is factually inaccurate. I have invited the Council to check and confirm the accuracy, but to date they failed to do so.

In the spirit of transparency, Open Government and efficiency I have asked SCC to publish their reply and any corrections on this website. Due to the lack of response I am now posting an extract of the email I have received from SCC:

“Thank you for your enquiry regarding the removal of the Disabled Bays in Wellhouse Lane and Stonedown Lane Glastonbury, Somerset County Council has a policy to ensure all Disabled Bays are strictly audited to ensure that the numbers of such parking concessions are kept to a manageable number and therefore not abused by motorists.
For information, these white Disabled Bays are advisory not mandatory and therefore do not have a TRO in place and would not require one to remove them. These are no longer permitted in accordance with Department for Transport (DfT) legislation. The advisory bays therefore have no legal standing and anyone, with or without a blue badge can park in them, which raises expectation that the installation of a bay will solve any issues when that is not always the case.
No one has a legal right to park on the highway and with regards to the Disability Discrimination Act and Equalities Act, there is no policy regarding advisory Disabled parking bays in residential areas as legally we should not be installing these bays.”

Why do I believe this to be inaccurate /misleading? The disabled parking bays were covered by a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) at the time of my request i.e. Mendip Order May 2012, which was subsequently replaced on 10 June 2016 by Mendip Order 2016. The disabled parking bays were removed by the Council during the period of the 2016 TRO.
Yours sincerely,
Christopher Bull

Somerset County Council

Dear Mr Bull,
 
I have yet to provide a response to your request for information so am
slightly confused as to the correspondence you are referring too.  Please
can you provide the response In full along with the name of the officer
who provided the response so I can discuss with them.
 
Regards
 
Tracey

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I have received in writing the information below from SCC, Traffic
Management Public Liaison Officer. However, I believe that this response
is factually inaccurate. I have invited the Council to check and confirm
the accuracy, but to date they failed to do so.

In the spirit of transparency, Open Government and efficiency I have asked
SCC to publish their reply and any corrections on this website. Due to the
lack of response I am now posting an extract of the email I have received
from SCC:

'Thank you for your enquiry regarding the removal of the Disabled Bays in
Wellhouse Lane and Stonedown Lane Glastonbury, Somerset County Council has
a policy to ensure all Disabled Bays are strictly audited to ensure that
the numbers of such parking concessions are kept to a manageable number
and therefore not abused by motorists.

For information, these white Disabled Bays are advisory not mandatory and
therefore do not have a TRO in place and would not require one to remove
them. These are no longer permitted in accordance with Department for
Transport (DfT) legislation. The advisory bays therefore have no legal
standing and anyone, with or without a blue badge can park in them, which
raises expectation that the installation of a bay will solve any issues
when that is not always the case.

No one has a legal right to park on the highway and with regards to the
Disability Discrimination Act and Equalities Act, there is no policy
regarding advisory Disabled parking bays in residential areas as legally
we should not be installing these bays.'

Why do I believe this to be inaccurate /misleading? The disabled parking
bays were covered by a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) at the time of my
request i.e. Mendip Order May 2012, which was subsequently replaced on 10
June 2016 by Mendip Order 2016. The disabled parking bays were removed by
the Council during the period of the 2016 TRO.

Yours sincerely,

Christopher Bull

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Christopher Bull

Dear Tracey,
I am referring to an email received on Wed 31 March 21, at 9.59 am, from Ms A.B, Traffic Management Public Liaison Officer, Traffic Management, Road Safety and Parking Services. Somerset County Council,B2 West, County Hall, Taunton, TA1 4DY.
Perhaps a colleague has replied on your behalf?
Kind regards
Chris

Somerset County Council

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Information request
Our reference: 7713665
 

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Dear  Christopher Bull
 
Thank you for your request for information received on  29 March 2021 .
 
Please find attached our response to your request.
 
Yours faithfully

Tracey Crabb
Information Request Officer
 
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