During refurbishment work undertaken on the Ashmore Park Shopping Parade some years ago, the parking for those with disability in special disabled bays, was temporarily closed and moved to another part of the upper car park .
After the work was completed and the whole car park was opened up again for trade, the three temporary bays should have returned to their original generic parking designation. That did not happen and the car park then had six laid out disability parking bays, the effect of the refurbishment work had doubled the disability lay out.
So the outcome was that instead of three disability bays the car park had doubled its lay – out for the user with disabilities.
During this summer (2016) I was approached by shop keepers pointing out the continued imbalance in parking and how the imbalance had come about.
Traders felt that three bays protected the rights of those shoppers who needed the facility, but six bays were way too much provision. I requested Wolverhampton Homes who own the Shopping Parade to act.
They have indeed done so and this is the most recent advice I have received from them.
“We have now consulted with all of the shop keepers effected by the bays and they have unanimously requested the 3 extra bays be removed and generic parking reinstated.”
Hopefully the change back will provide increased trade for the traders without losing the protected disability bays for those that require the use of the disability parking.