Proposals for disabled parking in Formartine communities assessed
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Plans to create disabled street parking spaces in communities in the Formartine area have been scrutinised by councillors.
Legislation allows blue badge holders to make a request to Aberdeenshire Council for a disabled space to be created at their home.
Where a suitable space can be identified the local authority will consider the interests of traffic and neighbours and then commence the statutory procedure for the making of an order.
In accordance with the council's policy, one consolidated order is made covering all disabled residents’ spaces in each of the council’s areas.
These are updated annually to take account of new applications and those spaces that are no longer required.
The proposals for the Formartine area were outlined to councillors during the digital meeting of the area committee.
They highlight the locations in the area where they would be situated including in Ellon, Cuminestown, Balmedie, Fyvie, Oldmeldrum, with Turriff having the most.
In the report that went before councillors officer Anne Buchan said: "Following this committee meeting it is proposed to undertake a four-week statutory consultation with interested parties such as Police Scotland, community councils, the Road Haulage Association and others.
"This would be followed by a 21-day public consultation with site notices erected at the affected locations and giving anyone who wishes to object to the making of the order the opportunity to do so."
Councillor Iain Taylor clarified with the officer that any blue badge holder can use the spaces, which was confirmed.
Councillor Alistair Forsyth welcomed the report.
He said: "The value of these disabled spaces cannot be understated. These blue badge spaces do benefit quite a number of people."
The full list of spaces that are being proposed in the order for the Formartine area can be seen in the committee report, which can be accessed here
Councillors agreed to approve the report and it will now go out for consultation.