Call for Blue Badge change for over 85s

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

ALL over 85s could get a Blue Badge so they can park more eas­ily un­der coun­cil plans.

Cheshire East coun­cil is push­ing for a change in the law so ev­ery­one over the age of 85 can have a Blue Badge.

The badges al­low driv­ers or pas­sen­gers to park free on streets with re­stric­tions and on yel­low lines for up to three hours, un­less a load­ing ban is in place. They are cur­rently given to those with a dis­abil­ity or mo­bil­ity prob­lems.

But the coun­cil has writ­ten to Pa­trick McLough­lin MP, Sec­re­tary of State for Trans­port, ask­ing for changes so all res­i­dents over 85 qual­ify. Cur­rently 4,202 out of Cheshire East’s 10,400 over-85s have a Blue Badge.

Coun Michael Jones, Cheshire East Coun­cil leader, said peo­ple with ago­ra­pho­bia and men­tal health con­di­tions should qual­ify too.

He said: “Re­mov­ing the has­sle of hav­ing to prove el­i­gi­bil­ity for a Blue Badge will help over-85s to lead more ac­tive lives.”

Last Novem­ber, the coun­cil pros­e­cuted a 73-year-old Macclesfield man who used a dead per­son’s Blue Badge to avoid pay­ing park­ing fees. Call 0800 389 2787 to re­port any­one mis­us­ing a Blue Badge.

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