Hillingdon Council is the only local authority in the UK to have a successful brown badge parking scheme for residents over 65, which the council is now extending to make it even better.
Motorists over 65 with a brown badge are eligible to use dedicated parking spaces in council owned car parks and in some privately operated car parks in Hillingdon. The council is now planning to install special Brown Badge bays in some of the borough’s town centres later this year.
Leader of the Council and Older People’s Champion, Cllr Ray Puddifoot said: “We hope that by introducing these new bays we are making the parking and shopping experience a little bit easier for some of our older residents. Many of our older residents find the bays a real help, especially those who have mobility problems but may not qualify for a blue badge. We are now going that little bit further to provide more easily accessible parking places even nearer to shops and amenities.”
The Brown Badge scheme was initially launched in 2008. There are currently more than 7,000 brown badge holders in the borough. As is the case with Blue Badge holders, all those wishing to park in the bays must display a Brown Badge. However, they will still be required to pay for their parking.