Should Douglas have more parking for disabled drivers?

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A balance needs to be struck between providing enough disabled parking spaces and having an excess of empty spaces.

Infrastructure Minister David Cretney told Tynwald it will increase the number of spaces ‘where there is a clear and justifiable demand’.

Similarly, if demand falls the DoI would, if necessary, reduce the number of spaces.

The Minister was replying to a question from Douglas South MHK Kate Beecroft on his plans to increase parking provision for the disabled.

She said she had heard from several people that were being put off from doing their shopping at peak periods, such as at Christmas, due to a lack of spaces.

Mr Cretney said a recent study into Douglas town centre parking highlighted ‘potential shortfalls’ in the provision of on-street and off-street parking spaces based on industry standards.

But it also found the occupation of on-street spaces was ‘relatively low’.

‘In response to demand, in certain cases the department is looking into the possibility of creating extra disabled parking spaces in off-street car parks,’ he said.

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