Disability activists urge City Council to remove “discriminatory” ban on blue badge

Video report by Jon Hill.

Activists in York say planned changes to blue badge rules in York will effectively block people with disabilities from the city center.

The council plans to permanently ban those with a blue badge from parking on all pedestrian streets in the center, to protect the city from possible terrorist attacks.

The plans, which are being voted on at a meeting tomorrow, have sparked outrage from people with disabilities in York.

Helen Jones is a wheelchair user in the city and says the council puts even more hurdles in front of people like her.

She said: “To be told by the city that we live, that we are not worthy or are not important enough to be able to access the city in which we live and that we pay taxes is heartbreaking.”

Helen, who uses a wheelchair, says the new ban is “heartbreaking”

Large barriers have been set up to block traffic along some of York’s pedestrian streets, to stop any possible terrorist attack in a vehicle.

Neil Ferries of the City of York Council said: “The very clear advice from the police is that there is a terrorist threat in Britain. And we have seen that unfortunately manifest over the weekend in Liverpool. But to protect the city, that is. Has. impact, especially to blue insider owners who use their vehicles as a means of access.

“And clearly under our equality duties and our human rights responsibilities we are really taking those effects seriously and understanding them.”

Blue badge holders are currently allowed to park on a number of pedestrianized streets in York at certain times

The council says there will be a number of disabled parking lots near the center, but activists say if they lose the vote tomorrow, the row could well end in the courts.

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