Meeting will debate objections to disabled parking costs

A SPECIAL meeting to debate parking charges for disabled drivers has sparked outrage from opposition councillors and community groups.

The meeting of Boston borough’s full-council on Thursday, June 28, was called following objections to new charges for disabled drivers.

However, Boston Disability Forum (BDF) are unhappy they won’t be able to speak at the meeting.

Councillors will also only be able to ask one question each.

In an email to the Mayor of Boston Coun Colin Brotherton, Labour councillor Paul Kenny asked for the rules to be lifted and put forward a series of questions.

He wrote: “The whole handling of the charging of parking to Blue Badge holders has been shambolic and handled extremely poorly by the council.”

A petition and silent protest have been planned by the BDF to oppose plans and argue there was a lack of consultation alleging an ablebodied officer sat in a wheelchair to test parking machines.

BDF secretary Becky Wood said: “The fact is they should have consulted with the disabled community to find out what kind of impact it would have.”