Disabled parking bays to be axed in Southampton

SOUTHAMPTON City Council are proposing to cut disabled parking spaces in the city centre to generate further income after the government budget cuts.

The news about scrapping disability parking has left blue badge holders outraged. Campaigners against the proposal have said it would risk the safety of vulnerable motorists.

The new budget proposal could raise much-needed cash at the expense of those disabled drivers losing their parking privileges in the city.

Council bosses want to scrap the disabled bays which currently fill two streets and replace most of them with pay and display areas.

It’s a move which could generate funds of up £150,000 in the next five years but campaigners have warned it would see disabled motorists resorting to parking over double yellow lines.