Local MP Luke Hall has secured increased parking provision along Thornbury High Street, as well as helping to prevent a full pedestrianisation of the road.
This comes after South Gloucestershire Council published plans for the future of Thornbury High Street last week, which would see the scrapping of the current pedestrianisation measures and the introduction of a one-way system.
Luke Hall had made clear to the Council that the proposals could not be accepted due to the lack of blue badge parking and provision as many disabled residents and those with reduced mobility would be left completely unable to access the High Street.
Luke subsequently launched a petition, calling on South Gloucestershire Council to alter the proposed plans for Thornbury High Street, and include extra Blue Badge parking along the High Street to ensure accessibility for every resident in the community, with hundreds of Thornbury residents signing in agreement.
As a result of this fantastic input from local residents, South Gloucestershire have today tabled an amendment to their Thornbury High Street Plans, with the support of the Cabinet.
This amendment means that South Gloucestershire Council commit to increasing the number of blue badge spaces along the High Street and improving parking provision along the road. This will mean that more residents will be able to park up and access the shops, directly from the High Street.
In a quote Luke Hall said:
"Under the previous plans, too many disabled residents and those with limited mobility would have been left not being able to access Thornbury High Street at all. We could never have accepted this."
"It’s good news that the Council have listened to Thornbury residents and agreed to improving on street Blue Badge Parking on the High Street. We will be pushing for these new spaces to be introduced as quickly as possible."
"As the local MP, I will continue to push for the right level of access to the High Street, including opening of Soapers Lane, as well as ensuring we have sufficient enforcement along the High Street for families and businesses."