Redcar and Cleveland Labour Run Council have announced that they are considering charging all disabled blue badge holders to park in all council run off street car parks.
Of those 25 car parks, there are 79 bays that are specifically marked
for disabled badge holders only.
All residents who hold blue badges
were notified of this possible change by letter today (14th May 2012).
The council claim that this will help to resolve the financial mess
they have found themselves in, but Ian Swales, local MP for Redcar says:
''This is yet another example of how this Labour-run council are
choosing to penalise those who can afford it least. I am disturbed at
the choices they are making, and they are choices.
''This is just one in a long list of politically motivated charges
such as recycling bags, basic care needs, special educational transport
and increasing council tax at a time when we are all feeling the pinch''
Liberal Democrat Group leader, Glyn Nightingale, said: '' The
Government cuts only account for £8m of the £34m referred to in this
letter. The remaining £26m of savings relate to Labour council bosses
wish list rather than to what needs to be done over the next few
''It will only be when the council sort out their waste and
mismanagement of their finances that we will feel assured that they are
capable of running this council.''