Cllr Julia McShane, Lead Councillor for the Community, says:

“After listening to residents’, we have now decided to remove all temporary barriers blocking disabled parking spaces on the High Street.

“Earlier this year, we worked with our Business Improvement District, Experience Guildford and our own partners to ensure the town centre reopened safely. We followed government guidelines and introduced wider pavements with temporary pedestrian barriers to create more space for visitors to socially distance. This meant closing a number of parking bays including some disability parking spaces.

“To make sure the town is accessible to those with disabilities, we offer blue badge holders a number of parking benefits, which were in place throughout lockdown and remain available.

Cllr McShane explained: “These benefits are:

  1. Parking on any double or single yellow line for up to three hours (unless there are loading restrictions).
  2. Parking in any on-street pay and display bay, resident or dual-use bay for free and with no time limits.
  3. In addition to the dedicated disabled bays in our pay and display car parks, disabled badge holders can park in any space for an unlimited time free of charge.

“Guildford is an inclusive and accessible borough and we are here to help. You can find more information about the location of disabled spaces and on-street parking here: www.guildford.gov.uk/article/16810/Disabled-parking-.”