MORE dedicated disabled spaces could be on the way to Havant town centre.
And the council is proposing to relax some of the parking restrictions near the centre to help support shops.
This is a positive moveAndy Bundy
Havant Borough Council’s Conservative cabinet will discuss the proposed changes at a meeting next Wednesday.
Under the plans, due to go out for public consultation, there will be new disabled bays in Beechworth Road, Elm Lane, near Havant bus station, Market Parade, North Street, and Prince George Street.
To help support shops in the eastern side of Havant, the council is proposing to introduce longer waiting times.
In Beechworth Road the current waiting time is 30 minutes, but this could be changed to a two-hour limit.
Fairfield Road also has a 30-minute restriction, but this is proposed to be altered to a one-hour limit.
Grove Road would get an extra three unrestricted spaces, Prince George Street would get a one-hour limit parking bay, while some double yellow lines in North Street will be changed to 30-minute parking bays.
However, some areas could get more restrictions to help keep traffic flowing.
Extra restrictions are proposed for parts of Market Parade, South Street, and along The Pallant.
Andy Bundy, secretary of Havant Area Disability Group, welcomed extra spaces.
‘This is a positive move,’ he said.
‘If it encourages blue badge holders to park more responsibly and with greater consideration for other road users and the owners of the land where they were parking previously, then this is a good thing.’
He added: ‘The good thing is these parking bays will be enforced. They are not courtesy spaces.’
A council report says: ‘The proposals increase the safety for all road users and increase the disabled parking facilities within the town centre.
‘Additional parking provision in North Street and the increase in permitted parking times in Fairfield Road and Beechworth Road will add to the economic viability of the town centre whilst enabling residents to have increased parking provision in the vicinity of their properties.’