We've begun a 2-phase consultation to discuss the process of restoring access to York city centre for Blue Badge holders.
- an explanation of the Blue Badge access consultation
- Blue Badge access consultation - Phase 1
- Blue Badge access consultation - Phase 2
Explanation of the Blue Badge access consultation
We've prepared a BSL video explanation of the Blue Badge access consultation.
Explanation of the Blue Badge access consultation - easy read version
Blue Badge access consultation - Phase 1
The first phase of consultation focussed on the 5 principles that, if approved, will help shape an Executive report in October 2023.
- Return to previous access - to revert to the Blue Badge accessibility measures that were in place before November 2021.
- City centre events - some events may require Blue Badge access to be suspended at times (for example during the Christmas Markets)
- Recognising security risks - the Police will have power to lock down all access to the city centre using an Anti-Terrorism Traffic Regulation Order
- Finding solutions - if the Council Executive agrees to restore Blue Badge access through the new hostile vehicle barriers, then the council will work with badge holders on how to achieve this
- Longer term improvements - we're committed to considering and implementing longer-term improvements to accessibility in the city
All responses will be collated to inform a decision at the Council Executive meeting in October 2023.
The consultation closed on Monday 18 September 2023.
Blue Badge access consultation - Phase 2
Take part in the next phase of the consultation to restore access to York city centre for Blue Badge holders.
In the first phase, we asked Blue Badge holders and a wide range of stakeholders to comment on 5 key principles to guide the consultation. The results were shared with the Council’s Executive which agreed to restore access from Thursday 4 January 2024 via Goodramgate and after Easter 2024 via Blake Street.
Now, we’re asking you to look at how we can improve this access, and how we can develop proposals to make the city centre more accessible.
Alternatively, you can pick up a paper copy of the consultation from West Offices’ Customer Service Centre or Explore Libraries. Completed surveys can be:
- returned to West Offices, Customer Service Centre, Station Rise, York YO1 6GA
- scanned and sent via email: email@example.com
You can attend workshops, in accessible locations with accessible parking and facilities. These workshops will be facilitated by an independent Access Consultant working closely with the Centre for Applied Human Rights. They hope to identify short-term and longer-term options to make the city centre more accessible. The first 2 of 10 workshops will be held at the Friends Meeting House, Friargate, York YO1 9RL on:
- Friday 15 December from 10.00am to 12.00pm
- Saturday 16 December from 2.00pm and 4.00pm
These dates replace those published in York Disability Week and the other 8 dates will be publicised as soon as our access consultants can confirm them.
In addition, explore how to make the city centre more accessible and identify places which are difficult to access using maps of the city centre at the workshops and Explore Libraries.
Make sure you share your thoughts about how to improve getting into and getting out of the city centre. Support officers by the hostile vehicle measures will offer a postcard inviting you to take part in the consultation.
This consultation ends Sunday 4 February 2024.
Get involved in the wider consultation on the Local Transport Pan Strategy which has a theme on accessibility.
Keep in touch with consultation events by registering for council updates.
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