Disbelief at disabled parking bays debacle
12:01pm Wednesday 4th September 2013 in News
VALE MP Alun Cairns has expressed his disbelief that the Vale Council has already used up its allocation of money to create new disabled parking bays for residents in the Vale.
The MP was contacted by a concerned constituent who applied for the creation of a residents disabled bay near his property, but who will not benefit from the installation of the new parking space because the Council has already committed its annual allocation of spaces.
Mr Cairns understands that the annual allocation for the whole of the Vale is only 10 disabled parking bays – an amount that he believes to be way short of the actual demand for such essential car parking spaces. The resident who contacted Mr Cairns has been informed by the local authority that he must now wait until April 2014 for his allocation of a designated parking space to be created.
The Vale MP has called once again for the local authority to secure its fair share of the Funding Settlement from Welsh Government, an increase in which to be at the same level as Cardiff Council would deliver an extra £25m to the Vale Council per year.
Mr Cairns said: “I just couldn’t believe it when I heard how the Council only allocates 10 new disabled parking bays per year for residents in the Vale. The lack of funding for this is I think, reflective of the Fair Funding for the Vale campaign.
“I will do all I can to maintain the pressure on our local council to prioritise their allocation of monies towards essential provision of disabled parking bays.
“Moreover I am still waiting to receive a response to my Freedom of Information request to see what correspondence there has been between the Vale Council and Welsh Government to lobby for an increase to the Funding Settlement for the Vale – to be at least on a par with the provision per person for those who live in the Cardiff local authority area. If the Vale received the same amount per person as Cardiff, we would benefit from an extra £25m per year for the local Council to spend.
“I’d urge people to consider signing the petition calling for a Fair Funding for the Vale Campaign which can be found on www.aluncairns.co.uk.”